Rolex Middle Sea Race receives 55 entries to date
Published: Friday, 13 July 2018
Fifty-five yachts, representing 25 countries from Australia, Canada, Chile, the Philippines, and the United States, have to date entered the 50th Rolex Middle Sea Race, which will start on October 20.
(Photos: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo)
Nicholas Ibañez Scott, skipper of the Chilean entry Anita, a J/122, is returning to the race for a second time having made his debut in 2017. Anita was one of the 35 yachts – out of 104 starters – to complete the 606nm course last year.
The Botin 65 Caro, skippered by German yachtsman Maximillian Klink, has undertaken the race four times since her launch in 2013. The best result under IRC, the rating system used to determine the overall winner of the race, was in 2016 when she finished fifth from a fleet of 95 contenders.
Vladimir Liubomirov is a familiar name on the international yacht racing circuit. His Bronenosec team has participated in many sailing competitions over the recent years, putting in some great performances on the TP52, RC44 and Swan 60 circuits. This year the Russian team, representing the St Petersburg Yacht Club, will take on the Rolex Middle Sea Race in their latest yacht, a ClubSwan 50. This will be the first offshore test for the Juan K design.
Canadian honour lies in the hands of Morgen Watson and the crew of Hermes, a Pogo 12.50. The boat is now getting some serious miles under her belt, taking part in the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta transatlantic race from Bermuda to Hamburg, Germany. The crew has already proved its mettle, surviving and finishing the RORC Caribbean 600 Race earlier this year.
Countries represented in the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race so far include: Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States.
With entries open until October 5, the Royal Malta Yacht Club is hoping to beat the record entry number of 122, set in 2014.