This weekend saw the start of the 38th Rolex Middle Sea Race which is taking part in the Mediterranean waters. The start was a loud one with the artillery pieces, giving a blasting signal for the fleet to get into action. The fleet comprised of different kinds of yachts and many faced confusion as the races started, some getting underway before and having to restart while others get caught out in the beginning. However the start was a good one as the weather conditions were favorable and there was a breeze blowing at ten knots.
The fleet got off well and sailors settled in with the end destination being Capo Passero. The race is being managed by Royal Malta Yacht Club who would be ensuring that the teams sail safe on the waters and that every boat would be accounted for till the end of the race. The fleet moves over Mediterranean waters to the southeastern point along the coast of Sicily. After the race started it was found that the custom built yacht Rambler 88 was already in a leading position. Tricky currents as well as fickle winds were a problem on the first night, which was created by Mount Etna, which comes by on the course and has unique weather conditions of its own. The fleet can expect smooth sailing by Messina Strait. The club that monitors and organizes the race, the Royal Malta Yacht Club was founded in the year 1835. This Malta yacht club organizes different kinds of social activities and races through the year. It is located by Ta’ Xbiex Marina where it has a club like facilities on offer to the members with a marine and waterfront facilities. The club is a great base for local and other yachtsmen who come here and wish to sail in the surrounding waters.