Friday, December 22, 2006

John has a quick break

John grabbed the opportunity of a nice breeze to have a sail on his Formula board. The breeze only lasted an hour and John made the most of it. Although he is on holiday he is working quite hard right now for his o'levels in May - there is also ALOT of energy going into fishing too!!
The forecast over the Christmas weekend is really good with a strong north easterly wind which will bring nice waves into the bay. Forecast for Christmas day is good too so it will be an early morning sail for a couple of hours then rush up to cook Christmas lunch! What a Christmas present that would be...........wind!

Sorry cannot upload image today. Having problems - think it is to do with the changeover to the new blogger system there is.

Euromed Results

Some of the Lasers just after racing

Below is the article from the Times of Malta re the Euromed. Our local kids did really well!

Go to The Sunday Times
Fri, December 22, 2006
Sailing - 7th Euromed Malta Championship
Zammit Tabona takes honours
Twelve-year-old Thomas Zammit Tabona won the 7th edition of the Euromed Malta Championship, the international sailing manifestation organised by the Malta Young Sailors Club and sanctioned by the Malta Sailing Federation.
The final results of the five-day event raced at Mellieha Bay were:
Optimist Class (Overall list): 1. Thomas Zammit Tabona (Malta); 2. Edward Fleri Soler (Malta); 3. Alessandre Massard (Switzerland).
Optimist Class (Female Class): 1. Ella Fleri Soler (Malta); 2. Vangelov (Bulgaria); 3. Marine Prat (Monaco).
Optimist Cadet Class: 1. Edward Fleri Soler (Malta); 2. Gianmaria Ferrighi (Italy); 3. Stefano Ferrighi (Italy).
Optimist Cadet Junior Class: 1. Karl Miggiani (Malta); 2. Ryan Abela (Malta); 3. Matthew Westwood (Malta).
Laser Standard Class: 1. Soenke Bruhms (Germany); 2. Aaron Podesta (Malta); 3. Darren Cauchi (Malta).
Laser Radial Class: 1. Christophe Podesta (Malta); 2. Matthew Fleri Soler (Malta); 3. Simon Aquilina (Malta).
Laser 4.7 Class: 1. Dimitar Vangelov (Bulgaria); 2. Vito Genna (Italy); 3. Cinzia Rinaudo (Italy).
The presentation of prizes was held yesterday evening at Adira Sailing Centre which over the past days served as the official championship headquarters.

New Years Eve Party in Gozo

Victoria lit up during Festa time

There is an article in the local Times of Malta re a New Years Eve party which is being organised by the local Ministry in Victoria. This is going to be a kind of street party flowing over into nearby streets and squares and open to the public free of charge. There will be all sorts of activities going on. To read the whole article about it go onto this link. Sounds like fun!http://www.timesofmalta.com/core/article.php?id=247009

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Euromed 2006

The Euromed for Optimist and Lasers has this year been held in Mellieha for the first time instead of St. Pauls Bay. The preliminary write up can be found on this link http://www.timesofmalta.com/core/article.php?id=245998&hilite=euromed+optimist+class

Today they had the last day of racing and all week weather conditions have been very light. Yesterday racing was postponed cos there was absolutely no wind at all.........completely glass sea......would have been better to hold a wakeboarding competition! I think they managed to scrape in one or two races on a smaller course.
Will publish and add link when I get the final results.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Winter deals on our farmhouses

Dar Ghax-Xemx in Victoria dating back about 300 years

We have a special offer on for the winter season in any of our two farmhouses. For weekend breaks stay for 3 nights at the price of 2. Pay for a full week and get an extra 2 nights free. Check out our website for property details on www.gozofarmhouserentals.com.


Clayton flying high with his kite (Photo by Rebecca)

Yesterday was a public holiday here in Malta and we were blessed with some wind! It was blowing a south east and I was out with a 5.5m Tushingham sail and nicely powered up most of the time. I am so impressed with the Tushingham sails - the 5.5m feels more like a 5m it's so soft and light in your hands and it goes well with my Mistral Synchro 83. Took a beat out of the bay beyond the first reef and had a great blast reaching back in then played around in the surf a while. We had a good 3 hours on the water and felt pleasantly relaxed after a nice hot bath in the evening. Let's hope that the season is now beginning to kick in and we will have a good winter. The weather is still unbelievably mild. I mean I wore a shorty again yesterday! Middle December..........water still around 20/21C. We have had alot of southerly breezes so that has kept the air mild. Forecast for the next two days looks good just hope it happens!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

John during one of the Marzamemi (Sicily) races with an unexpected visitor.

Malta is fast becoming quite a centre for competitive yacht racing. Locally there are always events going on with regular races to Sicily and back, double handed races, figure of 8 races around Malta and Gozo, Round Comino, Round Malta, the Middle Sea Race and ofcourse the usual Round the Buoys. It is nice to see so many youngsters becoming so keen - and alot of them getting the upper hand over their parents I should think too! During the summer months a regatta was held and the winning boat crew are to go to Valencia and have a training session on one of the Americas Cup boats. How about that for a prize??





Friday, December 01, 2006

Got wet today

Photo www.mellieha.com

Went down for a quick hour+ today. Used the Mistral Joker 109l with Tushingham 6m sail.
Nice to get out on the water and get wet.....also nice to still be able to use a shorty! Had some nice runs, far from wild and exciting but sailable and after not having any decent wind for so long its great to just be out on the water.
Forecast looking good for next week - fingers crossed.

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