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News: The Rolex Middle Sea Race Stars in Malta Tomorrow 17th October

October 16, 2009 by john
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The 2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race sets off tomorrow from the Grand Harbour in Valletta at 11pm 17th October. Image by Alfo Romeo.

The start line in the Harbour is arguably the most spectacular of any yacht race in the world, but it is narrow and so the race committee phase the fleet into various divisions, starting with the smallest and graduating up to the Maxis.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a highly rated offshore classic, often mentioned in the same breath as the Rolex Fastnet, The Rolex Sydney – Hobart and Newport-Bermuda as a “must do” race. The Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club co-founded the race in 1968 and 2007 will be the 28th Edition. Save for a break between 1984 and 1995 the event has been run annually attracting 25 -30 yachts. In recent years, the number of entries has rissen sharply to 68 boats thanks to a new Organising Committee who managed to bring Rolex on board as title sponsor for the Middle Sea Race.

Website: http://www.rolexmiddlesearace.com/

The list of entrants for this year’s 2009 Race:

Boat Race Name Skipper Country Image
AIRMALTA FALCON
AIRMALTA FALCON II is a Beneteau 40.7. Skipper… Peter Spiteri Gonzi Malta
ALBA BLU
ALBA BLU is a Beneteau First 40.7. Giuseppe Barone Italy
ALEGRE
ALEGRE is a Mark Mills designed 21-metre mini-maxi racing yacht. Andres Soriano United Kingdom
AMPLIFON WANDERLUST

GRAND SOLEIL GS45 RACE – WHITE HULL Claudio Bagante Italy
ARTIE
ARTIE is a J-109 taking part in her third Rolex middle sea race, while the Skipper, Lee Satariano, Lee Satariano Malta
ATAME !
ATAME, a Fast 42 designed by Simonis and Voogd, will be on her first Rolex Middle Sea Race, but skipper/owner Beppe Bisotto will be on his sixth adven… Beppe Bisotto United Kingdom
AURORA
AURORA is a Canard 41 belonging to Roberto Bruno, who has been racing for some twenty years. This the first time they have taken part in the Rolex Mid… Bruno Roberto Italy
AZIZA
2009 will be the sixth race for AZIZA, a Grand Soleil 40, and the seventh for its skipper/owner Sandro Musu. Musu’s racing experience is centred on Ma… Sandro Musu Malta
BARCANOVA
João C. Pereira, the Portuguese owner of BARCANOVA  a Jeanneau Sun Fast 3200 – bought her in May 2008 to compete in La Transquadra Race (a transatlan… Joao Costa Pereira Portugal
BEAU GESTE
BEAU GESTE is the name of a series of racing yachts skippered and owned by Karl C. Kwok of Hong Kong, China. The latest BEAU GESTE, entered in the… Karl Kwok China
BELLA MENTE
BELLA MENTE, a 69-foot Reichel Pugh design, and her owner Hap Fauth may be entering the Rolex Middle Sea Race for the first time, but the come fresh f… HAP FAUTH United States of America
BERENICE
Marco Rodolfi Italy
BIG ONE
Ex Cheisse Racing Volvo 60. Damir Repac Croatia
BOHEMIA EXPRESS
grand soleil 42 race richard vojta Czech Republic
BOV KERISMA
BOV KERISMA is a Ker 11.3 owned by Sonke Stein who first raced in the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2002. Stein will be racing with 8 or 9 close sailing fr… Sonke Stein Germany
CALIPSO 4
Taking part in her first Rolex Middle Sea Race, CALIPSO 4, a canting-keeled Cookson 50 from the Adriatic, has a strong offshore pedigree. Paniccia and… Piero Paniccia Italy
CAMBO III
CAMBO III is a Hunter Mystery 35. Co-skippers and Cousins, Michael and Steven Clough will be racing double-handed. It is the first time either has par… Michael Clough Spain
COMANCHE RAIDER II GASAN MAMO
COMANCHE RAIDER II is a Judel/Vrolijk designed ILC 40 optimised for IRC racing. Owner Jonas Diamantino will be on his ninth race this year (7 on his p… Jonas Diamantino Malta
CORAL
The Shipman 63 racing under the Russian flag is according to skipper and owner Valentin Zubkov a young and beautiful, carbon Mini-Maxi racer-cruiser. … Valentin Zubkov Russia
CYMBA
CYMBA – Isidoro Santececca This is the first time CYMBA, a Sunfast 3200, has taken part in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, whilst Santececca is on his f… Isidoro Santececca Italy
DSK PIONEER INVESTMENTS
DSK is a Swan 90. Danilo Salsi has the honour of the second largest yacht in the fleet, but the crew want more than this. This is the second Rolex Mid… DANILO SALSI Italy
ELUSIVE 2 MEDBANK
This will be the thirtienth race for Arthur Podesta, past-Commodore of the Royal Malta Yacht Club and owner/skipper of ELUSIVE II, a Beneteau 45. … Arthur Podesta Malta
ERICSSON
Owner Ägyd Pengg completed his purchase of this first generation VO70 only twenty days ahead of the start of this year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race. ERICSS… Aegyd Pengg Austria
ESTE40
ESTE 40 is the first Class 40 built by Cantieri Navali d’Este yacht. The boat is co-owned by Giuliano Perego and well-known solo sailor Matteo Miceli…. Matteo Miceli Italy
FEVER
FEVER is a Swan 45 built in 2003 co-owned by Diederichs and Gordon. This is her first Rolex Middle Sea Race, but in offshore racing she has participat… Rrosario Vannucchi Great Britain
GEISHA
GEISHA is an IMX 40 owned by David Pizzuto. Whilst GEISHA is on her third race, Pizzuto has already done eight. Ten of his crew  Sam Pizzuto, Mike Ai… David Pizzuto Malta
GEOMETRY
GEOMETRY is a brand new Shipman 72, entered by Philippe Gigon. Gigon is on a fast learning curve for this race with a new yacht and no prior experienc… Tim Reid Virgin Islands (Brit)
GLOBAL YACHT RACING EH01
Global Yacht Racing has competed with amateur crew in the Rolex Middle Sea Race every year since 2006. The crewmembers come from all walks of life and… Andy Middleton United Kingdom
HIGH Q1
31 ft Trimaran Hans Nagel Germany
HOOLIGAN VI
HOOLIGAN VI is a Farr 40 a design more normally seen racing inshore around the buoys, but owner Edward Broadway has plenty of offshore experience incl… Edward Broadway United Kingdom
ICAP LEOPARD
ICAP LEOPARD will be the biggest boat in this year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race, a mere 100-feet in length. Whilst an overall win is not beyond possibility… Mike Slade United Kingdom
IN DIREZIONE OSTINATA E CONTRARIA
IN DIREZIONE OSTINATA E CONTRARIA is an Open 35 designed by Maurizio Cossutti for the OSTAR Race 2000 for skipper Claudio Gardos. The name IN DIREZ… Luca Zoccoli Italy
INTERMATICA VO70
VOLVO OPEN 70 LORENZO BODINI Italy
KING’S LEGEND
King’s Legend is a 1975 Swan 65 Sloop, built in 1975, with her home port being in Amsterdam. Her first major race was the 1977 Whitbread Around the W… Gijs van Liebergen Netherlands (Holland)
KUKA
KUKA, a Sly 42 race-cruiser yacht, is participating for the second time at the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The previous time was the windy 2007 edition whe… Franco Niggeler Switzerland
LAST CHANCE
Open 60 Doug Hofman United States of America
LEGALLY BRUNETTE
Drohan and Egan took part in the 2008 race with Legally Brunette, an X 41. They and their crew were so captivated they have returned again. Egan and D… Cathal Drohan Ireland
LIBERTINE
LIBERTINE is a Comet 45 R whose home harbour is Riva di Traiano – Civitavecchia (Roma). She last participated in the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2007 whe… Marco Paolucci Italy
LUNA ROSSA
LUNA ROSSA is an STP 65 class yacht designed by Judel & Vroljik, launched in December 2008. She was built in Spain by the 3DM boatyard of Richard Gill… Torben Grael Italy
MANANA
Oceanis 523 Kevin Dingli Malta
MANDOLINO
MANDOLINO is a one-design Swan 45 that Marcallini started racing in September 2006 at the Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo. In 2007 the yacht took part i… Colombo Guido Italy
NADEJDA
NADEJDA is a Shipman 72, which was launched in March 2009. This her first Rolex Middle Sea Race and also that of her owner, Simon Tubby. They have par… Simon Tubby Russia
NEMESIS CREDAL
The Maltese yacht NEMESIS-CREDAL, a Grand Soleil 50, will be embarking on her first race, while her skipper Mark Schranz has three editions under his … Mark Shranz Malta
NIKATA
Matt Hardy United Kingdom
NISIDA
52 foot cruiser/racer. Peter Hopps United Kingdom
NIX
Sloop. white hull Arthur Bugs Baer & William A. Dunn Netherlands
OCEAN OF SMILES
OCEAN OF SMILES is an Open 60, formerly Fujicolor III. Built in carbon for Loïc Peyron in 1993 by MAG/Wauquiez, the boat participated 5 times in the … Christophe Bullens Belgium
ONE
Salona 42 Gosta Pongratz Austria
OTRA VEZ FEXCO
Edward Gatt Floridia has raced the Rolex Middle Sea Race five times to date and always with Commodore Bonello Dupuis. This year, with the Commodore st… Edward Gatt Floridia Malta
OXYGENE
OXYGENE is an X-362 and for most of the year she is in her home harbour – Riva di Traiano, near Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. This is the second ti… TOMMASO CERULLI IRELLI France
RAN
This is the first time that RAN 2 will participate in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. For Zennstrom it is his second race having participated in 2008 with … Niklas Zennstrom United Kingdom
REBEL
Merten is on his sixth Rolex Middle Sea Race, but his first as skipper of REBEL, an X 50. REBEL was launched in 2008 and raced in the X-Yacht Gold Cup… Jost Merten Malta
RICOMINCIO DA 3
Aldo Quadarella has participated at the Rolex Middle Sea Race several times. Last year RICOMINCIO DA 3, a Beneteau First 34.7, came close to very winn… Quadarella Aldo Italy
RISTAKER
RISKTAKER is a Swan 68 launched in 2004. This year she has competed at the PalmaVela and now will also compete in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, where the… Peter Jebsen Great Britain
ROSEBUD/TEAM DYT
Designed by Farr Yacht Design, ROSEBUD/TEAM DYT was the first STP 65 to be launched in April 2007. Her first major success was to win overall the 2007… Roger Sturgeon United States of America
SCIARA
SCIARA is a Beneteau First 44.7, in which over the past five years her owner, Filippo Lancelotti, has competed with both full and double handed crews … FILIPPO MASSIMO LANCELLOTTI Italy
SEAWOLF OF SOUTHAMPTON
This is the second Rolex Middle Sea Race for SEAWOLF, a Pronavia 38 designed by Christian Stimson and skippered by Dave Latham, also on his second rac… David Latham Gibraltar
SHAMBALA
Built by Felci Yachts, SHAMBALA is a custom Latini 52 fast-cruiser, only other two boats of her kind exist. This is the first time the yacht will … Paolo Bordogna Italy
SILVER CHILLER
Trimaran Richard Mueller Germany
SPIRIT OF PLEASURE
Carbon sandwich boat, carbon mast, water ballast system Márton Jozsa Hungary
STORM
STORM is a X 43 Yacht built and launched in Denmark in 2004. Its first passage was 3,000 nm from Handerslev to Tropea, Italy completing the journey af… MASSIMO COLOSIMO Italy
STRAIT DEALER
STRAIT DEALER is a J-125 with a winning pedigree, have taken the overall Rolex Middle Sea Race trophy in 2001 under Christian Ripard. David Franks has… David Anastasi Malta
THREE SISTERS
This is the second time that THREE SISTERS will participate at the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The Beneteau 40.7 also raced the 2008 edition when she finis… Milan Hajek Czech Republic
TON TON SURFSIDE
TON TON, a Dufour 44, made its debut in the Rolex Middle Sea Race in the previous edition. TON TON is skippered by Jonathan Gambin a long time sailor,… Jonathan Gambin Malta
TONNERRE DE BRESKENS 3
Piet Vroon first competed in the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2002, a year after winning the Rolex Fastnet Race overall. He returned with a new boat in 20… P.W. Vroon Netherlands
VELADO’
VELADO will be participating for the first time at the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Owner Antonino Fava hopes it will be the first of many to come. Th… Olivia Ennio Italy
VIKESHA
While VIKESHAS owner Oleg Evdokimenko may be on only his third race, his X-41 launched in 2007 is in good hands. Skipper, Timmy Camilleri from Malta,… Oleg Evdokimenko Malta
VITO-NCP CHARTER
VITO-NCP CHARTER will race for the first time the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2009. However, her crew and owner did participate in the 2008 edition onboa… Darko Prizmic Croatia
WHISTLER
WHISTLER is a Beneteau 42s7 on her first race, whilst owner/skipper Gauci is on his 13th race. The crew comprises ten, with five from the UK, three fr… Michael Montanaro Gauci Malta
WIZSOFT
The Israeli entered Beneteau 47.7 B. DE LA FEMME will be racing under the name WIZSOFT for the 2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race. Owner Guy Tzarfati looks fo… Guy Tzarfati Israel
YES ACHAB YACHT CLUB
This is the first time the X 46, YES, will take part at the Rolex Middle Sea Race. However owner, Roberti Santolini and his boat have plenty of experi… Santolini Roberto-Sergio Papagni Italy
ZIZANIE
This Alpha Ketch 42 first appeared in Malta back in 1974, the year in which she was launched. With John Ripard (President of the RMYC and two-time rac… Bruno Vari Italy.

Official Website of the Rolex middle Sea Race: http://www.rolexmiddlesearace.com/index.cfm

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