Liquigas Malta extended its support and namesake to Liquigas Xplane, a sailing yacht participating in the upcoming Rolex Middle Sea Race (RMSR), set to sail on Saturday 18th October 2014. The ever-growing popular race, which this year has attracted a record-breaking 123 yachts from more than 20 countries, consists of a 608 nautical mile racecourse departing from Valletta’s Grand Harbour.
Liquigas Xplane Skipper Sean Borg, said: “We have been working very hard and the crew has been preparing diligently for months. Liquigas Malta’s sponsorship serves as a further motivation to achieve a respectable result in our first endeavour. The rigorous drilling will help us surpass the challenges we must inevitably face in this race, including numerous bends around Sicily and complex meteorological shifts.”
Liquigas Malta’s Operations Manager Jesmar Mifsud said: “Being an island, Malta has a natural affinity with sailing and the silent, wind-powered sport of yachting is a natural transition for a company such as Liquigas Malta which continuously strives to reduce carbon footprint and promote ecologically friendly alternatives.”
The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a highly rated offshore classic, often mentioned in the same breath as the Rolex Fastnet, The Rolex Sydney – Hobart and Newport-Bermuda as a “must do” race. The Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club co-founded RMSR in 1968 while 2014 will be its 35th edition. Save for a break between 1984 and 1995, the event has been run annually attracting yachts for all over the world. In recent years, the number of entries has risen sharply thanks to a new organising committee that managed to rope in major sponsors and elevate the race to an international standing