Valletta prepares for 37th edition of classic sea race in Malta


VALLETTA, Malta – The Royal Malta Yacht Club is well into its preparations for the 37th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Malta will once again play host to the annual yachting event, the Rolex Middle Sea Race, which will take place from Sunday, October 22, until Saturday, October 29, 2016. This is one of the most widely-anticipated competitions for both sailing crews and yachting fans, which in 2015 attracted over 120 boats, representing more than 24 countries. The Grand Harbor of Valletta, Malta’s capital, provides a spectacular setting for this classic race.

The entries being received for the 608-nautical-mile race represent a good mix of familiar names and new ones signing up for first time. What is truly unique for a race of this length is that it starts and finishes in the same place, Valletta’s historic Grand Harbor.

Valletta offers visitors a perfect mix of fascinating history and vibrant fun. Valletta, built by the proud Knights of St. John, is one of the UNESCO sights and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. It was in fact one of the earliest sites that got listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its old-world splendor and magnificent Baroque architectures. Valletta’s Grand Harbor is probably the island’s greatest geographic asset, and a cardinal determinant of Malta’s history.

The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage sites in any nation-state anywhere. Valletta, built by the proud Knights of St. John, is one of the UNESCO sites and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta’s patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire’s most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious, and military architecture from the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife, and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.

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