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Rolex Middle Sea Race 2024

Traditionally the last offshore of the Mediterranean season, with a date chosen for its varied and testing conditions, the Rolex Middle Sea Race has garnered a deserved reputation for always delivering.

For this reason, yachts are attracted from near and far to take part. 2024 is proving no exception with the latest entries featuring yachts from Europe, including the Maltese archipelago, and Asia. The 45th Rolex Middle Sea Race starts from Grand Harbour, Valletta, on Saturday 19 October. Entries officially close on Friday, 20 September and, for those interested to experience at first-hand this titan among the classic 600 milers, the notice of race and official notice board  here.

Joining the fray, since the last release, is a mix of illustrious newcomers and seasoned regulars. The headliner is undoubtedly the participation of Seng Huang Lee’s Scallywag, representing Hong Kong and led by round the world veteran, David Witt. The 30.48 metre (100 foot) Dovell-design has been a regular participant in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and Rolex Fastnet Race over the past decade or so under a multitude of names, and in various guises and configurations. Leading up to the 2024 Rolex Sydney Hobart, Scallywag went through a major refit including a new 43.5m mast and boom, full strip down of the canting keel components, as well as electrical and hydraulic upgrades. In a cruel twist, disaster struck when the bowsprit broke putting her out of the race. This year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race will be another opportunity to see the refreshed yacht’s true potential.

Scallywag arrived in Europe in early May, and is based in La Spezia, Italy, where she will be put back together ahead of a racing programme that includes the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia and the Maxi Yacht Cup AC37 in Barcelona.

From maxis to minnows, fresh faces to experienced, partnerships to initiatives, the Rolex Middle Sea Race is in good health and well on the way to an exceptional race later this year.

The 2024 Rolex Middle Sea Race will start on Saturday, 19 October.

 

 

 

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