Monday, October 30, 2006

Middle Sea Race Over


Artie before the start

Well another year gone by for the MSR and it was the most successful one yet. Our boys did us really proud with two of our teams featuring in the top 5! A BIG BIG 'prosit' to Lee who skippered his boat ARTIE into 2nd place overall. Absolutely brilliant! It was quite a surprise it seems and they did not realise they had a chance of winning the event until the last leg, but Morning Glory managed to steal the title from them by about an hour and half on time. Really proud of you lads!!!!
Certainly something to be proud of racing against such names as Neville Crichton and Paul Cayard! You guys are all going to be on a high until next years race........I know I would if I was part of the team.
I was surprised that Strait Dealer didnt figure in the top 10 cos I thought she had a good chance of being in the top 5...............I got that one wrong! From what I gather she needs more wind and wind was lacking this race - though much better than last year which saw the majority of the fleet retire due to a lack of wind.
I wonder which of the ''Big Shots'' will be racing next year? It would be nice to be honoured with someone like Ellen MacArthur joining the race! But she will probably be attempting some other record breaking voyage somewhere in the world.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Middle Sea Race Finish


The Middle Sea Race is coming to an end with Alfa Romeo gaining line honours as expected - that was a couple of days ago. She was followed by Maximus and Morning Glory. It seems like Morning Glory is going to win the race on time...not sure yet but just making a general calculation thats the way it looks. The fleet have had light wind all the way with the occassional 14/15 knots at times. Strait Dealer seems to be the first Maltese boat in - I stand to be corrected but from what I can make out she is the first Maltese boat and I think her crew can be pretty proud of themselves cos they have sailed well throughout the race competing against high class stuff.
The two bad no wind situations seemed to be by Stromboli and under Pantalleria. Probably all boats will be in by tonight. On their way to the finish line they have to pass through the Comino channel and then they sail past the outside of Mellieha Bay so I keep popping out the see if anyone is passing. A yacht has just passed (blue hull) but not sure which one - one of the larger classed boats. Looked like they were averaging about 8/9 knots.
It will be interesting to see the final results and also the class results.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Even more pics of MSR start


The last class are off!

More race start pics


ABM Amro and Alfa Romeo heading for the start line

Rolex Middle Sea Race Start


Strait Dealer one of the local favourites


The start of the Middle Sea Race was the most impressive ever. Big names boat wise and skipper wise. An honour for our local sailors to be racing against (some with) the big names in yachting. The big boats like Alfa Romeo, Maximus, ABM Amro etc. are amazingly impressive. Boat handling is equally impressive - the way they are manouvred on such a small start line is like they are handling a small dinghy.
The whole setting with the historic background makes it just so unique. Dont think there is anywhere else in the world with such a start line.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Cultural Calendar



Here is part of the cultural calendar for the next few months if you are planning a trip to Malta and/or Gozo. These events are always interesting and high quality.

Oct 17 - Nov 5: FESTIVAL MEDITERRANEA
A cultural festival on the island of Gozo.

Nov 3 - Nov 4: GEN VERDE
An international multi-artistic performing group: 24 women representing 14 nationalities.

Nov 9 - 13: THE MALTA INTERNATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITION & FESTIVAL
Get to know music lovers from all over the world at encounter concerts!

2007 HIGHLIGHTS

Feb 16 - 20: CARNIVAL WEEK
A Carnival spectacle including dances, fancy dress costumes as well as a Parade of colourful floats

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Festival Mediterranea


For those visitors to Gozo within the next 2/3 weeks there are alot of cultural events going on. The Festival Mediterranea is an annual event and now well established on the Gozo calendar. It runs from around October 17th to November 5th with Opera, concerts, cultural tours etc. The opera this year is a triple bill with Pagliacci, Suor Angelica and Cavalleria Rusticana. There is also an Orchestral Concert at the Basilica of St. George - entrance to this is free of charge. There are more performing arts performances etc. Almost every day are various lectures and field trips. To get more details log onto
www.mediterranea.com.mt/2006/events.asp

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2006


On Saturday 21st October is the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The start line is in Marsamxett harbour between the Yacht Club on Manoel Island and a marker on the bastions on the Valletta side of Marsamxett. To get a prime position on the start line go to the Valletta side where there will hardly be anybody down by the sea - everyone tends to crowd the Yacht Club end. The start is unique in the world and well worth watching. The boats are world class calibre with the great big Maxis such as Alfa Romeo and Maximus, ABN Amro (of the Volvo Ocean Race) and many more. If you are interested in more details log onto the website www.rolexmiddlesearace.com
You can follow the progress of each and every boat throughout the course of the race.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Strong Wind


Fuerteventura 2005



Yesterday after not having wind for a long time during the summer months we got a North Easterly force 6. Great to be out on the water and also to give my new Mistral Synchro a good try. It was pretty tough going in the morning mainly cos I was feeling so unfit but also the conditions in the morning were pretty difficult with alot of mushy white water and you had to be well powered up to get out thru the waves. Around lunch time the wind went more easterly and the waves became smoother but smaller and sailing was not such a battle and less 'washing machine' treatment! Just good to be out on the water - need to get fit though. And hope this season will be better than last year cos that was the worst season I can ever remember in..........wont say how many years!
This time last year I was feeling so strong and fit after 3 weeks windsurfing in Fuerteventura! Good memories!

Bunts Blog

Cant believe I am doing something like creating my own blog! I am even impressing myself with my computer literacy.
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