During the launch, Hon. Chris Agius praised the initiative, especially the positive impact which the race will have on local tourism. “The Maltese sea and landscape are second to none and Malta surely deserves to be a world class sailing destination,” he said.
Alfredo Munoz, President and CEO of Middlesea Insurance said: “Mapfre Group, of which Middlesea Insurance forms part, has a long tradition of supporting sailing events. In fact, MAPFRE is currently one of the sponsors of the Volvo Ocean Race.”
Sebastian Ripard of the J70 Association Malta praised the attributes of the J70 boat, stating that this sailing class is increasing in popularity since it offers a fun but demanding sailing experience. He added that the Association is doing its best to attract as many participants as possible to the race.
Middlesea Insurance p.l.c. (C-5553) is authorised by the Malta Financial Services Authority to carry on both Long Term and General Business under the Insurance Business Act, 1998.