Sunday, August 21, 2016

Jam Packed Summer Sailing Activities in Malta

The Maltese Team at the European Optimist Championships
Pic: Andrea Schultheis

Have really been out of the ''Blogosphere'' these past few weeks and soooo much has been going on locally in the sailing scene. There are a few sailing clubs on the island and each one seems to have had a jam packed summer of activities. There have been sailors attending various international sailing events all over the place. Following on from the successful results at the Optimist World Championships, where Victoria Schultheis won the female Gold medal, more good results were achieved with Antonia Schultheis winning Silver at the Euros with her brother, Richard, winning Silver in the boys division.

But it is not all about racing. Both the Birzebbugia Sailing Club and Malta Young Sailors Club have had sailing and windsurfing courses (MYSC) going on throughout the summer season. Various persons have devoted a lot of time to getting these kids out on the water and giving them a chance to experience the great sport of sailing and windsurfing. A sport, which  has proven over and over again in the past few years, that the Maltese truly excel in.

The next big event on the Malta Sailing calendar is the Rolex Middle Sea Race. A race that definitely has the most original and amazing course in the world.

To catch up on all the news have a look at the links below:

Birzebuggia Sailing Club

Malta Young Sailors Club

Royal Malta Yacht Club

and to catch up on the latest entries in to the 2016 edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race look here:

Rolex Middle Sea Race

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Charter a Traditional Maltese Luzzu with Neptune Charters

Want to do something different with a group of friends or family? Why not charter Neptune, a traditional Maltese luzzu. Neptune was built by my grandfather and it is very satisfying to know that his great grandson is keeping on the family tradition and is doing boat charters with it.
It is spacious and comfortable. The skipper and crew are great and it is good value for money.

Contact Philip through their website.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Victoria Schultheis Female Optimist World Champion 2016

 It has certainly been a great year so far for the Malta Young Sailors athletes competing in various competitions abroad. Following on from the successful results in the run up regatta to the Worlds in Vilamaoura, Portugal - an event won by local sailor Richard Schultheis - Malta's Victoria Schultheis has come away as the female 2016 World Optimist Champion. Victoria has been very consistent with her good results over the past couple of years or so and it is a well deserved win.
 Jake Satariano and Lucas le Gault raced in the Bronze division where Jake missed the top podium position during the last race coming in 3rd  overall in his class.

There has been a lot of training and build up to this, the top Optimist event of the year. This must be a very proud moment for team coach, Jean Paul Fleri Soler, who has dedicated so much of his time to both the young racers and the Malta Young Sailors Club.

Pictures courtesy of Andrea Schultheis

Victoria Schultheis
Jake Satariano
Waiting for the wind. (L to R)Team coach Jean Paul Fleri Soler, Jake Satariano, Lucas le Gault and Victoria Schultheis

Victoria Schultheis

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Malta Takes Podium Place at the Vilamoura Pre-Worlds Test Event

Our young Maltese sailing athletes have done it once again . 11 year old Richard Schultheis has won the pre event regatta in Vilamoura, Portugal.  Following him in second place was Roko Ok Mohr from Germany with Victoria Schultheis from Malta in third place. Two podium places for the Maltese team. Jake Satariano an Antonio Schultheis also sailed well amongst the tough competition finishing 24th and 30th respectively.
With a 69 sailors from 14 nations, a total of 9 races were sailed over a course that had predominantly South Westerly winds.
Jake Satariano and Victoria Schultheis are staying on for the Worlds which take place between the 25th June and 4th July. They will be joined by fellow team member Lucas le Gault.

The Malta World's Team are being sponsored by MAPFRE and CROSSCRAFT.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Malta Sailing Catch Up

I have been very much behind in following the local sailing scene recently.
So a quick catch up of just a couple of events where our local sailors have, once again, put Malta on the sailing map.
Some time back in May a team of 4 from the Malta Young Sailors Club took part in the Dutch Youth Regatta in Workum. With a fleet of  704 sailors from 22 countries the regatta was certainly not lacking participation. 
Young Richard Schultheis has been getting stronger and stronger in his sailing ability over the past year ending this event in a very credible 2nd place overall and 1st place in the Cadet class. The other Maltese sailors also showed how competitive  these  sailors are with Victoria Schultheis finishing in 4th place overall, Antonia Schultheis in 9th place and Craig Farrugia Vella in 13th place overall.

Richard Schultheis - pic taken from The Times of Malta

At this moment a team are over in Portugal taking part in the Vilamoura test event which runs up to this year's Optimist World Championship in Vilamoura, Portugal.. Taking part are Antonia, Victoria and Richard Schultheis and Jake Satariano. Jake had participated in the World Championships in Argentina a couple of years back.
So far, after five races sailed with 69 entries, results are very promising. Their positions being:

4th  Victoria Schultheis
9th   Richard Schultheis
25th Jake Satariano
28th Antonia Schultheis

And on to the bigger boats. UNICA, owned and skippered by Jamie Sammut,
recently returned after a successful regatta in Sardinia. The team consisted of Jamie Sammut, Alan, Sammut, John Cachia, Michael Albanozzo, Anthony Demajo, Joe Vassallo, Jeremy Gravina and Kevin Dalli. The event, specifically for Solaris yachts, took place in Porto Rotondo with around 35 yachts racing. Racing was over two days in which UNICA won both races on handicap - the second race leading by five and a half minutes.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Sunrises.................and one moon!

Once again a gap in my blogging. Below are some of the lovely sunrises we have been a full moon.

Above and below was sunrise taken this morning with two different exposures

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.


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