Monday, October 20, 2014

RMSR 2014 - Skipper Magazine Article


Click on link to read an article from Skipper Magazine


Maltese boat JUNO Photo: Kurt Arrigo for Rolex





Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Race Start


Below is a film clip of the start of this year's RMSR produced by Planet Sea. As usual an excellent production, a great advertisement for the race and for Malta itself with the fantastic back drop of the Grand Harbour.






Otra Vez and Artie 1st and 2nd Past Stromboli

This morning there was good news to see that Otra Vez and Artie were 1st and 2nd respectively after rounding the 3rd check point of Stromboli. Quoting Otra Vez - it was a painfully slow night. Once again these Maltese teams are putting Malta in the limelight competing against some of the top world class race teams.





Approaching Stromboli. Always a spectacular scene, but just look at the lack of wind!
Photo credit Kurt Arrigo for Rolex


Optimist Worlds Argentina 2014 - Jake Training Hard


The Maltese flag flying 2nd from R. Photo credit Argentina 2014


Jake training session - Photo: Magda Resano


Jake is fortunate enough to have coach Magda Resano helping him along Photo: Magda Resano


Sunny with a moderate wind, excellent conditions to get used to the sailing venue. 


This opportunity has been made available to Jake thanks to the support of  RLR YACHTING  and  DE-VERE GROUP 

The 2014 Optimist World Championships in Argentina are sponsored by

Banco Galicia, Personal, Parrado Yacht Insurance, Riotecna, Despegar.com, Pinturas SteelCote, Bourke Advertising and Production, Dole, Bodega Dante Robino, MeteoClim Services, BGH, Avène, Granix, RSA, ENARD, Municipalidad de San Isidro, Prefectura Naval Argentina, Secretaria de Deportes de Nación, Asociación de Optimist Argentina y la Federación Argentina de Yachting, Sail Optimist, Buenos Aires 2018 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

RMSR2014 - Half the Fleet Through Straits of Messina

Half the RMSR fleet has gone through the 2nd check point of the Straits of Messina. They have had a slow race so far and the next 24 hours does not look like it will be any different. Esimit is leading and is on its way to Favignana where it should find a decent breeze for the last half of the race back home. Positions are changing as each boat comes through the Straits, but, as I write, the leading boat on corrected time is Sagola Biotrading with Maltese boat Otra Vez in second place.
The most interesting position at this point is a classic yawl called Stormy Weather of Cowes (what a fab name) which is 4th on corrected time through the Straits.
Five of the big boats have now passed the next checkpoint of Stromboli with the Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino in the overall lead at this point and time.
No doubt all positions will have changed by tomorrow morning. It looks like they are in for another very slow night. It is tough work trying to push just a fraction of a knot extra out of the boats in these conditions.
Please click on pics below to enlarge. The last picture is taken by Kurt Arrigo for Rolex. The boats are Ran and Shockwave sailing through the Straits of Messina.




















Saturday, October 18, 2014

Preparations for Oppie World Championships 2014



Jake getting ready for a practice race

Jake and his coach Magda Resano

MLT22 - Jake Satariano

Oppies out on the course in the distance for the first practice race

All photos by Alison Satariano

Thanks to RLR YACHTING and DE-VERE G
ROUP for their support

This event is sponsored by:

Banco Galicia, Telecom Personal, Parrado Yacht Insurance, Riotecna, Despegar.com, Pinturas SteelCote, Bourke Advertising and Production, Dole, Avène, Granix, ENARD, Municipalidad de San Isidro, Prefectura Naval Argentina, Secretaria de Deportes de Nación, Asociación de Optimist Argentina y la Federación Argentina de Yachting.




RMSR 2014 - Light Wind Start


A 122 yachts got off to a very slow start this morning. Once they got out of the Grand Harbour they had a bit more wind and had a beat up to a buoy off Dragonara point. Once they rounded that bouy they had a close reach out towards Sicily. 
As usual it was a spectacular event to watch and a great privilage to be able to be so close to all the action on the water.
The fleet are now off Capo Passero as I type and it looks like the wind has shifted head on. Positions have changed dramatically with most of the fleet bunching up just off the Cape. Maltese boats Otra Vez and Artie are in a good position whilst Esimit Europa is leading the fleet and is around quarter of the way up the coast of the Eastern side of Sicily heading towards the Messina Straits.
The race can be followed closely on the TRACKER  and overall results are given at every stage of the race which can be seen on this LINK
Below is a very small selection of photos taken this morning. Click on the pics to enlarge.












Optmist World Championship 2014 - First Day of Preparation








Yesterday Jake Satariano, who is representing Malta in the 2014 Optimist World Championships in Argentina, acquired his boat and kit and was able to get out on to the water for the afternoon to start familiarising himself with the race venue. After some water time his sail had to be measured. First day of preparation over.



Helping him on his way to Argentina were RLR YACHTING and DE VERE GROUP

The event in Argentina is sponsored by:
Banco Galicia, Telecom Personal, Parrado Yacht Insurance, Riotecna, Despegar.com, Pinturas SteelCote, Bourke Advertising and Production, Dole, Avène, Granix, ENARD, Municipalidad de San Isidro, Prefectura Naval Argentina, Secretaria de Deportes de Nación, Asociación de Optimist Argentina y la Federación Argentina de Yachting.


Friday, October 17, 2014

RMSR 2014 - Last Minute Prep


The Royal Malta Yacht Club  is a hive of activity right now. Crew members are making last minute preparations. Some off loading any extra weight, food supplies being bought and stacked away, long range weather forecasts being studied, training sessions going on throughout the day......and the list goes on............whilst others sit back on the deck of the RMYC enjoying a drink and some good food and savouring the scene of this very special annual event.

''Kick off''' starts at 11.00hrs tomorrow morning. There are 5 classes in all and starts will be at 15 minute intervals. To watch the start of the race the best places to be are either at the bottom of Liesse Hill under Victoria Gate on the Valletta side of the harbour or under the bastions at Senglea. Other spectacular spots (looking from higher up down at the harbour)  are St. Barbara's Bastions, Lower Barrakka Gardens, Upper Barrakka Gardens, Great Siege Bell and Herbert Ganado Gardens. Be prepared to find a lot of people! The new bridge over the break water is a brilliant viewing point, but this was taken over last year with a private/invitation only party and I expect it will be the same for this year.  Better still is to be on a boat and view the start inside the harbour or else outside the harbour at the first buoy.

Each boat has a tracking device attached and this enables those following the race to track each yacht as it sails around the 609 mile course. You can access the tracker on this LINK  The tracker will be up and functioning as from the start of the race tomorrow morning.








Thursday, October 16, 2014

RMSR 2014 Coastal Race


Yesterday was the RMSR coastal race which is, basically, a warm up race before the big start on Saturday morning. The wind was perfect sailing weather with a nice stiff southerly breeze in the 20/25knot range. The course took them out of Marsamxett Harbour and along the East coast of Malta, round Comino and back up to Marsamxett. 
First over the line, and overall winner, was a Cookson 50 ''Mascalzone Latino'' owned by Vincenzo Onorato. The tactician on board is the experienced America's Cup and Volvo Ocean racer Ian Moore. This shows the high calibre of sailor that this event attracts.

Dave Latham's ''Seawolf of Southampton'' is back again this year (I have now lost count as to how many RMSR he has actually taken part in!). Dave always manages a good result in the coastal race and this year is no different with a first in his class.
Other class winners were Andrew Howard's ''Belladonna'' and Anatolii Schurenkov's ''Knyaz''. 

It is interesting to see the list of entrants. There are around 11/12 entries from Russia and quite a few from various Eastern European countries. It is truly an international event with participants hailing from various parts of the globe as far and wide as Australia, America and all over Europe.

Pictures below were taken at the start of the Coastal Race yesterday. Of particular note is the 3rd photograph which I just love for obvious reasons. The effect of the reflection on the hull is brilliant. Well done to photographer Samuel Scicluna. You can visit his facebook page on this LINK

Please click on photos to enlarge






















Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jake Satariano on his way to Argentina for 2014 Optimist World Championships

MLT22 Jake Satariano - Pic: Bunty Cachia

It was out on the rib during the start of the 2013 RMSR that Jake was telling us he was aiming to participate in the Oppie World Championships this year. Cannot believe this year has passed and that opportunity for Jake is happening right now.
As I write this Jake is about to fly off on his journey from Malta to Argentina - quite a long trek. He will have time to get over any jet lag and familiarise himself with the sailing area before the first race which takes place on the 22nd October. Before that date there will be a pre-championship regatta and also a practice race.

Through this blog I will keep an update of events and results and hopefully some pictures from the event thanks to the media portal of the event website.
If you are interested to actually follow the races (remember Argentina is around 5 hours behind CET) you can actually follow them through the tracking system on the event website. I will give the link to the tracker at a later date as it is still under construction.

The Championships have been sponsored by:
Banco Galicia, Telecom Personal, Parrado Yacht Insurance, Riotecna, Despegar.com, Pinturas SteelCote, Bourke Advertising and Production, Dole, Avène, Granix, ENARD, Municipalidad de San Isidro, Prefectura Naval Argentina, Secretaria de Deportes de Nación, Asociación de Optimist Argentina y la Federación Argentina de Yachting.

Thank you to RLR Yachting and De-Vere Group for the support they have given to Jake.



How to standup paddle with 4 year old Kiara Goold



A lovely clip to watch from a little one telling us oldies what to do. Enjoy!





Monday, October 13, 2014

GOZO - The Film

There is to be a new British film released in 2015 which has been shot entirely in Gozo and is called.......Gozo! It is meant to be a psychological thriller. Look forward to seeing it.

GOZO trailer Sept 2014 from Leo Scott on Vimeo.


Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014

This time next week we will be in the thick of the 2014 edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race.
Each year the number of registered boats keeps rising and the calibre of sailors keeps getting better and better (if it can get much better that is!). No doubt by this time next week the first of the big boats will either be in or very close to arriving back home across the finishing line.
The long term forecast is showing very light wind conditions. We hope it will not be a repeat of last year which saw the majority of the fleet totally becalmed after rounding Stromboli. The race is always full of surprises, so we just wait and see. 

Below are some pics from last year's start. Remember to click on them to see the large version of the photo.










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