Thursday, April 28, 2016

Kitesurfing Slide Show - 28th April 2016

It's been a while since I took a few kitesurfing pics. These are a few taken earlier today down in Mellieha Bay. Riders are Thomas Meachen and Clive Xuereb.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Spring but more like Summer in Malta & Gozo

The Maltese Islands are exceptionally warm for this time of year. We have hardly had a winter, practically no rain and the countryside is looking as dry as it looks in summer. Wondering what sort of summer we are going to have? Some 'armchair' experts say it is going to be insanely hot, others say it will be a windy one (don't mind that!), others are talking about rain. Whatever is on its way I just want to live the  moment right now the weather is heavenly.

This little pretty pink succulent, known as Scatta Pietra (not sure of the English word) is apparently very good for kidney stones. Brewed to make a tea and drunk at regular intervals.

Early morning dew - prickly pears

Cloudless sky over San Dimitri Chapel, Gozo

The shady side at San Dimitri Chapel, Gozo 

Sheep grazing - unfortunately large flocks are now a rare sight


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gill Foundation Day Regatta 2016

I'm a bit late with this as the regatta took place over the weekend of the 12th and 13th March, I have a bad habit of just covering some of the international events that some of these youngsters participate in, but there are a lot more local events/regattas going on that many more of our great Maltese young sailors race in and they deserve more than a mention - even though it's just through my little  old blog! One has to also mention the support of the sponsors without whom these events could not take place. 
The GILL Foundation Day Regatta took place at the Young Sailor's Club in St. Paul's Bay. Wind conditions were frustrating on the Saturday but Sunday brought moderate to strong wind making for some excellent racing.
There were three boat classes - The FEVA, Laser 4.7 and the Optimist Class. The Oppies were divided up between Seniors, Cadets and Novices. Final results are below.

FEVA:                                      1st   Harry Parnis England & Kane Seychell
                                                 2nd  Jean Karl Azzopardi & Miguel Borg
                                                 3rd   Laura Zammit & Dasha Attard

LASER 4.7:                             1st    Zachary Zammit
                                                 2nd  Abigail Fenech
                                                 3rd   Robert Fenech Scerri

OPTIMIST SENIOR:              1st    Craig Farrugia Vella
                                                 2nd    Jake Satariano
                                                 3rd     Victoria Schultheis

OPTIMIST CADET:               1st      Richard Schultheis
                                                 2nd    Dimitri Pipivertsonis
                                                 3rd     Antonio Gasperini

OPTIMIST NOVICE:              1st     Daniel Ciantar
                                                  2nd   Alici Gasperini
                                                  3rd    Kain Gauci


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Malta Young Sailors - Good Start to the International Racing Season

Three members of the Malta Young Sailors Club recently took part in Optimist regattas held in Lago di Garda.
Craig Farrugia Vella was been in top form and came a very credible overall 2nd place in the Garda Country Cup.

Following this event was the 34th Garda Meeting with no less than 900 competitors from 30 countries. Quite a large fleet on the water to say the least. With competition of the highest calibre in Optimist racing,  the Maltese sailors sailed well in moderate to strong wind conditions. The final results achieved were Craig in 21st place and Victoria Schultheis in 35th place within the Gold Fleet whilst Matthew finished 3rd overall within the Silver Fleet.
Once again a big well done to these young ambassadors for Malta and wishing all those young sailors racing home and abroad the best of  luck for what lies ahead in 2016.

Lots of action rounding the buoys
Craig Farrugia Vella - 2nd on the podium

Monday, March 21, 2016

Coastal Riding - Malta

This is a video a friend of mine has put together. Some lovely footage showcasing our great little island. You can also see some of the other great stuff Clive does on his WEBSITE.

Coastal riding from clive xuereb on Vimeo.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Malta 3rd Best Diving Destination in the World

Malta has, once again, been declared as the third best diving destination in the world at the Diver Awards Ceremony, International Dive Show in London.
I asked the question why? When compared to so many other beautiful places in the world. When one thinks of diving the immediate picture is being under water surrounded by fish of all types and colours, coral reefs etc etc. Diving in Malta and Gozo is quite different to that particular picture. Diving out here offers something else that is quite difficult to achieve in many other places, especially within an ocean that has big tidal movement. The clarity of the Maltese water is quite amazing, thus emphasising the different shades of blue from turquoise to the deepest of midnight blue. Rock formations are fascinating together with multiple caves, tunnels, pillars and the list goes on. Then, extending the massive amount of history actually on land back in to the sea with wrecks from the Roman era, to the enormous amount of World War II wrecks scattered off shore and further out to sea. Plus the recent craft deliberately scuttled in shallower waters making them more accessible for the beginner to intermediate diver as well as the more experienced.
So my conclusion was, yes I can understand why diving in Malta and Gozo has managed to achieve this prestigious prize.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Maltese Team do well in the Crotone Carnival Cup - Oppies

A team of 8 Maltese young Optimist sailors recently took part in the Crotone Carnival Cup. Wind conditions were quite challenging with pretty strong wind , but our sailors are quite a tough bunch and sailed very competitively throughout. With a fleet of 195 sailors, mixed girls and boys, all managed to place well within the entire fleet.
Craig Farrugia Vella was on top form and completed each race crossing the line anywhere between 1st and 8th place thus giving him an overall 2nd position and place on the podium. An honour to be able to stand up there and listen to your National Anthem being played.

Victoria Schultheis and Matthew Micallef (21st and 25th respectively) were also on good form both managing to achieve a 1st position in one of their races. Jake Satariano (23rd) sailed consistantly getting a 3rd and two 7th placings followed by Richard Schultheis in 31st, Antonia Schultheis in 50th and Patrice Pace in 98th place. It was Saul Vassallo's first experience racing abroad, a great event to be able to participate in for the first time. Saul came in 113rd overall.

Once again well done to all sailors.

Photo credit Andrea Schultheis

The Malta Team of young sailors who took part in the event

Craig Farrugia Vella finished 2nd overall 

Apres sail!

Jake Satariano giving it all he's got
Craig Farrugia Vella

Craig Farrugia Vella (2nd from left) on the podium


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