2020 Rolex Middle Sea Race

The 41st Rolex Middle Sea Race entry list stands at 79 yachts representing 21 countries.

The 2020 Rolex Middle Sea Race start date has been moved to October 17. While the pandemic has yet to reach a halt, the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) assures all 79 competitors who have entered this year’s race that they are doing everything in their power to enable the race to take place.

“We are delighted with the size and diversity of the fleet in the circumstances,” says Peter Dimech, the Principal Race Officer. “At the moment, we have every hope of getting the race under way as planned despite the headwinds we face.”

Regarding the race’s entry list, a number of heavy competitors have already registered including the 100-ft Maxi Comanche, a standout favourite and a potential challenger for the sub-48-hour race record set in 2007. Not to mention, the presence of an interesting three-way head-to-head consisting of Maserati, Ultim’ Emotion and PowerPlay among the Multihull Line Honours. Last year’s overall race winner, Maltese yacht Elusive 2 has also registered.

For the moment, the RMYC encourages crews to remain positive. “As long as competitors can be flexible, accept the challenges of a shifting scenario and make it to Malta, our aim is to put on a race,” says Dimech, adding: “Assuming it is allowed!”