RMSR: The Essential Details

RMSR: The Essential Details

The start of the 43rd Rolex Middle Sea Race is less than a week away. The Royal Malta Yacht Club has been a hive of activity over the past month, and the clubhouse and moorings are ready to welcome the impressive international fleet. Whether you are in Malta or abroad, coming to the start or watching online/TV, here are some of the essential details to ensure your experience as good as possible.

Challenging, captivating and historic, the annual Rolex Middle Sea Race is one of world’s most respected offshore races. The popularity of the race is largely drawn from its alluring racecourse – a rigorous, scenic anticlockwise loop around Sicily which introduces numerous “corners” that in turn lead to varied conditions and complex tactical decisions.

Stats and Facts

First held: 1968

Organising Authority: Royal Malta Yacht Club

2022 Start: Saturday, 22 October, Grand Harbour, Valletta (11:00 CEST)

Entry (as at 17 October)

124 yachts representing 24 countries

Smallest boat: Cuorematto, Absolute Wind 950, Andrea Barbera, Italy

Largest boat: Leopard 3, Farr 100, Chris Sherlock, Spain

National representation:

Italy – 28 entries

France – 20

Malta – 12

Germany -11

Great Britain – 10

Poland – 9

Furthest travelled crews:

High 5, Cookson 47, Bernard Hyde, New Zealand

Maverick, Infiniti 46R, Michael Firmin, Australia

Antelope, Xp44, Cameron Macrae, Canada

Kiboku Tatu, Arcona 380, George Greer, USA

Red Ruby, Sun Fast 3300, Jonathan McKee, USA

Snowflake, MOD70, Frank Slootman, USA

Other countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Total LOA of all boats end to end: 1,837.5m – almost twice the height of Stromboli above sea level (924m), or just over half the height of Etna (3,357m)


Set in the heart of the Mediterranean and is 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

Main Trophies

Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy – overall race winner under IRC Time Correction

Boccale de Mediterraneo – winner of ORC category

RLR Trophy – winner of monohull line honours

Captain Morgan Trophy – winner of multihull division on corrected time (MOCRA)


Monday, 17 October: Registration opens at Royal Malta Yacht Club

Wednesday, 19 October: Yachting Malta Coastal Race

Wednesday, 19 October: Yachting Malta Coastal Race Prize Giving & Reception

Thursday, 20 October: Rolex Middle Sea Race Crew Party

Friday, 21 October: Weather and Skippers’ Briefing

Saturday, 22 October: Rolex Middle Sea Race Start from 1100hrs CEST

Saturday, 29 October: Rolex Middle Sea Race Prize Giving

How to follow


The main information hub

Grand Harbour, Valletta: seven separate starts for all classes from 11:00 CEST

Saturday, 22 October 2022

Start Line: between the Saluting Battery, Upper Barrakka Gardens (Valletta) and Fort St Angelo (Birgu)

Various vantage points are available from most shoreside areas of the Grand Harbour. Harbour access for spectator boats is restricted during the period of the start.

Live Start: streaming on Facebook & YouTube starting at 10:30 CEST, and on TVM (Malta’s main broadcast channel (also from 10:30 CEST)

Live Updates: streamed on Facebook each morning at 09:00 CEST, from Sunday, 23 October to Friday, 28 October

Tracking: https://yb.tl/rmsr2022

All yachts are fitted satellite trackers which continually update the position and ranking throughout the race

Yacht Blogs: http://blog.rolexmiddlesearace.com

Competing teams will be sending in video, pictures, audio, and text from the race

Social Media Channels

YouTube   www.youtube.com/rolexmiddlesearace (New this year)

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RolexMiddleSeaRace/

Instagram @rolexmiddlesearace

TikTok      @rolexmiddlesearace (New this year)

Twitter     @rolexmiddlesea

Official Race Hashtags: #rolexmiddlesearace & #rmsr2022

Race Partners

In addition to the incomparable 20-year partnership with title sponsor Rolex, the Royal Malta Yacht Club is proud to be supported by Yachting Malta and the Malta Tourism Authority, whose contribution to the international promotion of the race and hospitality for attending crews is invaluable.

The Royal Malta Yacht Club is pleased to support the work of the Biological Conservation Research Foundation (BICREF), which conducts research into biodiversity and the impacts of fishing/aquaculture in the Mediterranean around Malta. The BICREF Award is presented to the crew recording the best dolphin or whole sighting during the race, to help raise awareness of the various cetacean monitoring and protection projects ongoing in the Central and Southern Mediterranean.

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