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.

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


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