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Countdown to the 2023 Rolex Middle Sea Race

We’re in the final lead-up to the 2023 Rolex Middle Sea Race, and here is everything you need to know about how to follow the race.

The annual Rolex Middle Sea Race is a 600-mile offshore classic that is a must-do for sailing enthusiasts. The race is known for its challenging and spectacular course, which involves an anticlockwise loop around Sicily, featuring numerous corners. Competitors face a diverse range of conditions and a series of complex tactical decisions, making it a thrilling and technical challenge.

The 44th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race will start on Saturday, 21st October. The Royal Malta Yacht Club is bustling with activity as the final registration is currently underway. Whether you are watching from Malta or from other parts of the world, the Rolex Middle Sea Race team has provided some important details that will help you enjoy the best possible spectating experience.

How to follow the 2023 Rolex Middle Sea Race

The course

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Set in the heart of the Mediterranean and considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Starts and finishes in Malta, passes two active volcanoes and takes in the deep azure waters surrounding Sicily, and the Aeolian and Egadi Islands, as well as lonelier outposts of Pantelleria and Lampedusa, both closer to the African continent than Europe.

Length: 606 nautical miles (1,122km)
Outright Race Record: 33h 29m 28s, Argo, United States, Jason Carroll
Monohull Race Record: 40h 17m 50s, Comanche, Cayman Is, Mitch Booth

Entries: full list here

National Representation:
Italy – 22 entries
France – 12
Malta – 11
United Kingdom – 11
Germany – 8
United States – 7
Austria – 6

Furthest travelled crews:
El Oro, Whitbread 73, Kent King, Australia
Lucky, Juan K 27m, Bryon Ehrhardt, USA
Kiboku Tatu, Arcona 380, Olaf Granander, USA
TestaCuore Race, Cookson 50, Bob Pethick, USA
Red Ruby, Sun Fast 3300, Christine & Justine Wolfe, USA
Pyewacket 70, VO70 Mod, Roy Disney, USA
Warrior Won, TP52, Chris Sheehan, USA
Finn, Banuls 53, Jacopo Bracco, USA

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