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Malta’s capital, the historic port of Valletta, prepares for the annual Rolex Middle Sea Race, October 22-29, 2016

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

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