Mike woke me up early Saturday morning with the promise of take-out hot coffee and pastizzi from my favourite cafe, Cioconat Lounge, if I would come with him and the dogs to watch the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. So we lugged two beach chairs, two pups, and two hot mugs down to the tip of Tigne Point to settle in for a sunny, windy morning show.
It was pretty spectacular to watch the dozens upon dozens of sailboats dart out of the Grand Harbour, hoist their spinnakers, and zip past Sliema's shores before turning out to sea. The Rolex Middle Sea Race is held every Fall in Malta, and this is the 33rd edition. The race course takes sailors from Malta, around Sicily, Pantelleria, Lampedusa, and back to Malta in a counterclockwise route. The race record was set in 2007 at 47 hours and 55 minutes - imagine! If you're interested, you can track the progress of the boats here.
The Europa 2 is a favourite to win, but I love the beautiful black sailboat the Stig, and the Pewag World's Strongest Chain sailboat (now there's some fun marketing!)
Do you sail? I have a weak sea-stomach, but I think it's all so romantic and adventurous.