The Maltese Islands

With a history spanning thousands of years, the Maltese Islands story has been formed by many civilisations that made Malta their home. Malta’s historical landscape evolved from ancient temples older than the Egyptian pyramids to medieval fortresses and baroque architecture. It is not wonder that every corner of these islands tells a story.

Malta’s capital city Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a treasure trove of architectural wonders. Its magnificent Grand Harbour, adorned with fortified walls, bears witness to Malta’s strategic significance throughout history.

Nature lovers will be delighted by the islands’ diverse landscapes. From dramatic cliffs and pristine beaches to rolling countryside and quaint villages, there is something for everyone. Gozo, the smaller sister island, offers a more tranquil and rural escape, where time seems to slow down. Its rugged coastline, crystal-clear waters, and charming villages provide a haven for those seeking serenity and natural beauty.

Malta has built a reputation for its vibrant culture and warm hospitality, whilst its cuisine brings together a myriad of Mediterranean flavours, reflecting the islands’ history of diverse influences.

Adrenaline junkies will find many opportunities to satisfy their thrill seeking cravings with many opportunities that enable them to indulge in land sport such as mountain biking, trail running and trekking and water sports, such as diving, snorkling, and sailing. The clear azure waters that surround the islands reveal a vibrant underwater world, with ancient wrecks and colourful marine life.

The Maltese islands offer a diverse range of experiences that satisfy all interests – whether exploring historical sites, basking in the sun on golden beaches, or savouring the flavours of the local cuisine.


The Royal Malta Yacht Club

The Royal Malta Yacht Club, is a prestigious yacht club located in Ta’ Xbiex, Malta.

Established in 1835, it holds the distinction of being one of the oldest yacht clubs in the Mediterranean and has a rich history closely intertwined with the maritime heritage of Malta.

The Club’s location provides a picturesque setting, with its premises situated on the Ta’ Xbiex Marina, overlooking the stunning Marsamxett Harbour. This prime location offers members and visitors a breathtaking view of the azure Mediterranean waters and the bustling harbour.

The Royal Malta Yacht Club, run by a committee elected by the full members of the Club,  has played a pivotal role in promoting. sailing and yachting in Malta for nearly two centuries. It has been a hub for sailing enthusiasts, hosting numerous sailing events and regattas throughout the year. These events cater to a wide range of sailing disciplines, including keelboats, dinghies, and offshore racing, attracting both local and international participants.

The Club’s calendar features a diverse range of sailing activities, from casual racing and social events to prestigious international regattas. Among its most prominent events is the annual Rolex Middle Sea Race, a challenging, 606 nm, offshore race that draws sailors from all over the world. The race starts and finishes in Malta, taking participants on a captivating journey around the island of Sicily, providing a true test of skill and seamanship.

In addition to its racing activities, the Royal Malta Yacht Club also promotes sailing education and training programmes, which have attracted many Olympians to Malta, keen to enjoy the all year round sailing conditions Malta has to offer.

The RMYC Sailing School, under the guidance of experienced instructors, offers courses for both children and adults, providing a pathway for aspiring sailors to learn and develop their skills. These initiatives aim to nurture the next generation of sailors and contribute to the growth of the sport in Malta.

Beyond sailing, the Royal Malta Yacht Club serves as a vibrant social hub for its members. Its clubhouse offers a welcoming and elegant environment, with facilities that include a bar, several dining areas and a rooftop terrace. The Club house also offers conference and meeting facilities.

The Royal Malta Yacht Club’s commitment to excellence and its passion for sailing have earned it a reputation as one of the leading yacht clubs in the Mediterranean. It maintains strong ties with other prestigious yacht clubs worldwide. The Club’s dedication to promoting the sport, organising and hosting high-profile events, and fostering a strong sense of camaraderie among its members has solidified its position as a key player in the global yachting community.

Amongst the high profile events that the Club has hosted and welcomed for decades are the Rolex Middle Sea Race – a 606nm race that is mentioned in the same breadth as the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race and the Rolex Fastnet Race. It has in recent years also welcomed the 44 Cup fleet as well as the EurILCA Masters’ Series, and the ORC European Championships. The Malta – Syracuse Race – now in its 63 year has been going strong since inception.

The Royal Malta Yacht Club stands as a testament to Malta’s enduring maritime legacy. With its rich history, stunning location, and commitment to sailing, it continues to be a beacon for sailors and yachting enthusiasts, offering a unique blend of competitive racing, social engagement, and unparalleled nautical experiences.


The SB20 Malta Association

The SB20 Malta Association is a dynamic and passionate community of sailors which represents. the largest one-design keelboat Class in Malta.

Incepted in 2015, the Association has managed to attract a wide variety of sailors from various. local sailing Clubs and has regularly hosted a busy racing calendar. The rapid growth enjoyed. by the SB20 class worldwide was also experienced in Malta. 

Since its inception in 2015, the. local SB20 community has thrived, with regular regattas raced as a circuit held in different localities. The popularity of the class is mostly derived from the fact that it is a one-design. meaning that everyone races the same type of boat, fair and square and the result depending on the team’s combined ability on the day.

The Class’ regattas are hosted in various locations enabling the Association to rope in all local sailing. Clubs into its community. The local fleet consists of eight boats – Careful Now, Seriously Bonkers, Team Panda, Outlaw, Maltese Musketeer, Team Chiara, Team Sayonara and Malta Young Sailors Club.

Whilst ranking regattas take place on a regular basis, the Association has engaged the support of boat owners who regularly provide their boats for beginners’ coaching.

The SB20 Fleet is based at the Camper Nicholsons’ Grand Harbour Marina, set against the picturesque and historic backdrop of Malta’s capital city Valletta – a 500-year-old architectural masterpiece that is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.