Rolex Middle Sea Race
Starting from Grand Harbour, boats will sail a course leaving to port the Island of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands (including Strombolicchio), the Egadi Islands (except Marettimo Island), Pantelleria and Lampedusa Islands, through the South Comino Channel, keeping Malta to starboard, to the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour. The Islands of Ustica, Linosa and Lampione are not marks of the course. The length of the course is approximately 606 nautical miles. The Course Record, established by "Rambler" in 2007, is 1 day 23 hours 55 mins 3 secs.
Preceeding the Rolex Middle Sea Race itself is one shorter coastal race: The Malta Rolex Cup will be awarded to the overall winner on corrected time.
Rolex Coastal Race
Depending on the weather, the race will begin in Marsamxett Harbour, head towards the Island of Gozo and return past Comino. The course of the above coastal race may be altered depending on weather conditions. Final isntructions for the coastal race will be given during the Coastal Race Briefing.