Saturday, March 31, 2007

What Happened This Week

Instead of writing an insert for each item I think I will list them......main reason I am in a hurry to get out on the water early today since the wind is meant to moderate a bit later on!

Biggest achievement in the family: John has mastered the Vulcan! Once he managed one he kept on doing them. Aim now is the Spin Loop and he says! Believe it as he didn't really have to try too many vulcans before he got it. Aahh.........the joys of being young!

Boring Stuff: I spent two days stuck in keeping an eye on the decorators whilst they repainted part of our flat!

Good Cause: Found out about Sail4cancer. (A boat will be taking part in the Middle Sea Race to raise money for them). Seems to be an excellent charity raising money in an interesting way and they have alot of exciting regattas and events going on, so if you live in the area where there is something happening check it out and have some fun while supporting a good cause.
Dee Caffari (whom I gather is usually a sailor) has put on her running shoes and is training hard working up to doing the London Flora Marathon . Good luck to her and if you would like to know more about Sail4cancer go onto this link

Superb Local Talent: Ella Fleri Soler (picture at top) is really giving the boys a tough time on the Oppies! She has done exceptionally well - in particular this past year - and has just won the shield at the Foundation Day Regatta supported by Gill here in Malta. This is the full article about it:
Sailing - Gill Foundation Day Regatta
Ella Fleri Soler first female to win shield

The ninth edition of the Malta Young Sailors Club Foundation Day Regatta was held last weekend at St Paul's Bay.
As this year's regatta, annually sponsored by Gill, coincided with the 100th anniversary of the International Sailing Federation, the ISAF centenary flag fluttered alongside Gill flags on the club's terrace.
Ideal weather conditions ensured a good turnout with 18 Optimist and 10 Laser competitors providing a spectacle for onlookers at St Paul's Bay, home to the MYSC.
Even though the wind on Saturday was at times too strong for the beginners, six races were held over the weekend, with the top places being keenly contested and resulting in exciting races.
The overall winner in the Optimist Class and the holder of the Gill shield was Ella Fleri Soler, who battled for the top honours against formidable opponents, namely Sean Borg and Gabriel Pace.
Fleri Soler achieved the honour of being the first girl ever to claim the shield for overall winner. Second place went to Borg while Pace finished in third place.
Edward Fleri Soler was the winner in the Cadet Class, followed by Ryan Abela and Thomas Sammut Alessi in second and third place respectively.
In the Laser Standard, Per Sahlberg took top spot ahead of Zak Borg and Sebastian Ripard. In the Laser Radial, the title went to Peter Valentino who saw off the challenge of Simon Aquilina (second) and Christophe Podesta (third).

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Sailing for Cancer - MSR 2007

Andy Bates

Have just come across this site about Andy Bates taking part in this years Middle Sea Race to raise funds for cancer. Go onto the link and read about it and give some support.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Windy Week

Rider:Anton Photo by:Bunty

Had a windy week this week - mostly west/south-westerlies. John made the most of the conditions which were ideal for trying out and practicing freestyle. He is inches from doing his first Vulcan and actually managed to complete one but then immediately got catapulted! They're coming along though and think he said he managed a no handed 360.

This week (which was the start of spring) brought the coldest weather we have had this year, so we had our winter for a couple of days this week!! The air has warmed up again with a light southerly wind today and lots of sunshine over the past couple of days. Also had some rain last week which was very welcome since the Island needs it so badly.

Next week looks promising with some Easterly winds on their way for mid week. That's the direction I like the best cos its nice sailing in the bay off the sandy beach in the surf.

Fingers crossed for a good week ahead.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Farmhouse Villa in Gozo with Pool

We have available a lovely property for holiday lets with a pool. It belongs to some friends and is a beautiful property that is well finished and very well kept. All the comforts of home. It was infact our first renovation project which we then sold.
It has 3 bedrooms all with ensuite bath/shower rooms, a lovely kitchen diner and comfy sitting room. Besides the deck area there is another sun terrace too.
If you are interested please email me through or else send a message through this blog and I will get back to you straight away.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Looking Ahead to May

Picture from Malta Vista

As usual there is a full cultural calendar coming up. Looking ahead into May there is going to be a very exciting weekend in Victoria.

18-20th May ''Cittadella'' - A festival of arts and heritage. A 3 day programme of events to take place within the fortified walls of the Grand Castle. Participation of a number of local and international performers.

19th May - ''Lejliet Lapsi'' - Notte Gozitana, a remarkable night of activity throughout the town of Victoria with the possibility of visiting major sites in the Town. Starting from 6pm till the early hours of Sunday 20th May.

The "Notte Gozitana'' should be particularly interesting. Houses and alley ways will be lit up with various activities going on all over the town. They have recently done two events like this in Valletta which were both a success beyond anyones expectations - popular with both the young and the older generation.

Right now we have vacancies in our properties for that weekend. This will surely get booked up very quickly so don't leave booking till the last minute.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Malta/Gozo by Pictures

Some pics of Easter activities in Malta and Gozo and some Gozo sites.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Stormy Malta

Well we have had north easterly winds since Thursday and it has been sailable 3 days in a row. Something we havent had for a very long time. BUT we have had lots and lots of rain too which has made the wind very fluky.BUT not complaining.........also the island needs the rain badly cos we havent had much at all this winter and the island is already looking dry.
Need to get some pics!

Friday, March 09, 2007

April vacancies

Pics/Gozo Ministry /Holy week functions

Still have some vacancies for April. Over the Easter weekend we are not accepting stays of less than 4 nights though. Contact me through the website ( to see whats on offer.

Big Swell

Can't find the camera to take a photo but had a SE'ly yesterday. Went down with 4.5m - could have done with a bit more power but was ok. Wind was very fluky - when it was up it was great but when it was down didnt have enough power to get thru the mushy breaking waves. There were a couple of nice waves though.
During the night the sea got up and at around 5 in the morning it was a howling gale then the rain came down monsoon style. Now no wind but big sea. Both reefs are breaking big in the bay - was going to take a photo but dont know where the camera is. The sea seems to be increasing, hopefully will get a bit of wind later on.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Middle Sea Race 2007

Picture and article emailed issued by MSR organisers
March 5, 2007
Interest in the 2007 Rolex Middle Sea Race is ahead of expectations and, with the news that Stephen Ainsworth's 60-footer, Loki, from Australia will be on the start line, the Royal Malta Yacht Club is once again anticipating the possibility of another exciting, record edition.
With eight months to go to the start on the 20th October, the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) has received a number of entries even though the Notice of Race only went online a week ago. This burst of activity may be due in part to a complete revamp of the event website. Prospective competitors, unfamiliar with the race course and history of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, will find plenty of useful information on the new website at; from the entry requirements to competitor lists from the previous 27 editions along with anecdotes about boats and participants. The RMYC dedicated considerable effort over the winter months transferring records and data from print archives to the website.
Loki's entry is a great fillip for the race. The yacht, designed by Reichel-Pugh and launched in 2005, has been one of the foremost racers in Australia during the past couple of years. Her record includes a Division win in the Rolex Trophy Rating Series in 2006 against some very tough competition. After a problematic Rolex Sydney Hobart, when Loki suffered damage to a hydraulic ram pipe and picked up some kelp crossing Storm Bay, Ainsworth is looking forward to a busy season in Europe where he plans to participate in Skandia Cowes Week and the Rolex Fastnet Race before heading to the Mediterranean. As for Malta and the Rolex Middle Sea Race, Ainsworth explains, "I heard about the race from a number of crew off Alfa Romeo, who all said it was a great race to do if I had the opportunity. I have been to Malta in the past on business and liked it a lot." Ainsworth has already secured some key crewmembers, with Cameron Miles the 1999 Etchells World Champion as Sailing Master and Adrienne Cahalan on board as Navigator, joining Gordon Maguire the Whitbread & Volvo Ocean Race veteran.
Other entries include Georges Bonello Dupuis (MLT), recently re-elected as Commodore of the RMYC and his Prima 38 Primadonna Medbank; the perennial Arthur Podesta (MLT) aiming to make it 28 races out of 28, this time on his Beneteau 45f5 Elusive; Christopher Wuttke (GER) with the DK46 Guts ‘n' Glory (formerly Erivale); Steven Thorpe (GBR) and the J-125 Wings of the Wind, no doubt anticipating another match-race battle with David Frank's former RMSR winner the J-125 Strait Dealer; and the smallest to date, Beppe Bisotto (ITA) with the X-119 XE.
In 2006, a record fleet of 68 yachts was on the start line, ranging from some of the largest and fastest racing monohulls on the planet, including Alfa Romeo, Morning Glory, ABN Amro 1 and Maximus, to some of the best sailed cruiser-racers around. The finish was a nailbiter, with Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory taking in pole position amongst the larger yachts, but having to wait two days until two of the smallest boats had arrived home before the victory could be confirmed. As it was, the double-handed crew of Shaun Murphy & Ric Searle on the J-105 Slingshot and the young crew on Lee Satariano's J-109 Artie came close, but not quite close enough finishing third and second overall respectively just over 2 hours outside the winner's time.
The Rolex Middle Sea Race 2007 starts from Marsamxett Harbour, Malta, on Saturday 20th October 2007. The Malta Rolex Cup, a two-race inshore series on the 16th and 17th October, will precede the main race.
Entries close on 14th October. The final prize giving is at noon on 27th October.
Robert McNeill's Zephyrus IV established the current Course Record of 64 hours 49 minutes and 57 seconds in 2000.
For further information about the race and to register please contact:
Royal Malta Yacht Club T. +356 2133 3109F. +356 2133 1131E. info@rmyc.orgW.
International Press Information
Giles PearmanRolex Middle Sea Race Media OfficeKPMS UKT: +44 (0)1798 860787M: +44 (0)7984 432948E:
Key Partners, KPMS (Head Office)T: +41 32 724 28 29F: +41 32 724 28 33E: info@regattanews.com
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Monday, March 05, 2007

Full Cultural Calendar Gozo March '07

I have now received a full calendar of events for March '07. The amount of cultural events happening in both Malta and Gozo always amazes me. Obviously there is more on in Malta than Gozo but Gozo has a pretty full programme too.


1-6 April Exhibition of Last Supper table with life size figures by local artist James Azzopardi at the Male MUSEUM Centre Nadur. Open Weekdays evenings only and weekends morning and evening.

17 March-8 April "Passio'' - Art exhibition related to the mystery of the Passion of Christ at Banca Giuratale, Independence Sq, Victoria from 8am to 4pm.

18 March-15 April Eden Found. Art & Antiques with over 1000 art and furniture exhibits. Open from 10am to 4pm at 104, Republics St. Victoria.

30 March-3 April Exhibition of miniature statues of Passion of Christ at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Xlendi.

Performing Arts:

10 March 'Zoo Returns to Astra' a comedy by Maltese artists at Astra Theatre Victoria at 7.30pm

16-18 March 'Seher il Punent' Festival of culture, music, art and heritage in Gharb.

17/18 March 'Opera Goes Rock' Event of music, dancing, singing and light with a cast of over 60 at MBC Theatre in Nadur at 7pm.

17-25 March Drama ''L-Assedju t'Ghawdex'' at Parish centre theatre, Xewkija 7pm and 6pm respectively

24 March Easter Festival 2007 pagenatry manifestation of Passion of Christ in the main streets of Victoria

25-31 March 'Jesus Christ Superstar' live performance of the musical at Don Bosco Oratory at 7.30pm

28 March Poetry on Gozo, an evening of poetry reading, music and wine at the Dverna tal-Mewta, Victoria starting at 8pm


18 March Axwell DJ set at XS Club Victoria at 8pm

25 March Choir recital and Band concert by the American school in London students at 7pm in Victoria

31 March Sacred music band concert at 7pm at the Nativity of Our Lady Basilica in Xaghra

Also same date Sacred music band concert at St. Georges Basilica Vicftoria

Also same date Winter Moods Live at XS Club at 10pm

Religious Processions:

23 March Christ the Redeemer penitential procession in Fontana at 7pm

30 March Our Lady of Sorrows pageantry procession at 7pm in Xewkija

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Lovely story

I have just come across an entry in a ''Surfing mum's'' blog. Paula has just lost her grandfather and her family were going thru his personal things that were in a deposit box somewhere. Read on:

''We got back to my house and my granny and I started looking through the the folders and pictures. Her and I laughed at all of the pictures and I could see tears in her eyes as she reread the letters she had written to my grandfather some 60 years ago.My dad took the box from his Navy days to the living room and was looking through that.In a little bit my dad came back into the kitchen holding a small box that contained a medal and a piece of paper and he said to my granny "I never knew Paul won the Navy Cross, he never said a word about it and we talked about his old war days a lot." Granny said that Granpy Paul got so many medals during his days in the Navy that she didn't know what any of them were. I could see my dad was impressed about Granpy Paul's Navy Cross so I asked him what it was. He told me that the Navy Cross is second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor and only awarded for some extreme act of heroism, then he handed me the citation that accompanied the medal.It read like this:
Paul A. WarnerMachinist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy
U.S.S. SearavenDate of Action: April 18, 1942Citation:The Navy Cross is hereby presented to Paul A. Warner, Machinist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action on the night of April 18 and 19, 1942.While a member of a boat and rescue party seeking to evacuate a group of distressed Australian aviators, grounded on the island of Timor, N.E.I. and with enemy forces present in the vicinity and searching for the party, Machinist's Mate First Class Warner swam ashore through the surf and after considerable difficulty and with great danger to himself, made contact with the Australians. He made several trips through the surf, superintended the transfer of the sick and wounded men to the U.S.S. Searaven and saved two from drowning. Machinist's Mate First Class Warner displayed extraordinary heroism under exceptionally trying conditions. His actions were in complete disregard of his personal safety and are an inspiring example of devotion to duty. His high courage and determination on this occasion are in accord with the best traditions of the Navy of the United States.It would figure that my Granpy Paul would win this country's second highest medal for heroism, not by killing people, but for saving them and never mention a word to anyone that he had done it.This is Paula the Surf Mom, remembering and smiling and wishing ya'll peace, love and good waves.... I'm out for now.''

Thats such a lovely story and there are so many lovely true life war stories out there. These things should never be forgotten. They should all be compiled in volumes of books. Some already are ofcourse but so many of them are written cos that particular person was famous for reason or other. Its these 'family accounts' that I find so interesting. You can go into Paula's blog (which is pretty impressive in its presentation etc) by going onto my favourites list and its listed under Queen of the Surf Pirates.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

PWA Cape Verde Islands

My husband has been telling me for the past two days to go into the PWA site to see the pics of the event in Cape Verde. Well I just did and have to say I have never seen such fantastic pics - not just what the guys are doing and the wave conditions, but the quality of the photos is amazing. I'm not 100% sure but pretty sure they are by John Carter who is probably the no. 1 photographer when it comes to windsurfing photography (I presume surfing too). The conditions in Cape Verde are meant to be excellent - no wonder Josh Angulo has become a local there now. Big waves and offshore wind. Don't think they have ever had a wave event like it. Its worth going into the site and seeing the pics. Click on the link below to do so. The above pic is taken from the PWA site and the rider is Spaniard Jonas Ceballos.

What's On in Gozo in March

I am going to pick out some interesting cultural events that are going on in Gozo in March - this is for the benefit of those people who will be travelling to the Island this month or are thinking about it. We have some vacancy slots in our properties if you need a few days break. Remember our spend two nights and get the third night free offer is still on until the end of the month. Have a look at

Cultural festival in Gozo
Festivals - 16/03/2007 To 19/03/2007

The Għarb Local Council, in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo, is organising a weekend-long festival of cultural events from the 16th to the 18th of March. `Seħer il-Punent` is a festival of culture spread over three days, bringing to the forefront the particular characteristics of this picturesque Gozitan village. The village square will be the main venue for concerts and other events, but places of interest, including churches, countryside chapels, museums and heritage sites, and the Wied il-Mielaħ valley will also feature as part of organised tours that are expected to generate a particular interest from local and foreign visitors. Local bands, local personalities, traditional music and food, as well as fireworks, will also play a part alongside the `infiorata` tradition that is slowly becoming enshrined in the village`s way of celebration.

March 28
Poetry on Gozo– at Dverna tal-Mewta, Victoria, Gozo
This is the Gozo ''Dead Poets Society'' and meetings take place just round the corner from our property (Dar Ghax-Xemx) in Victoria. It is a very interesting gathering as it takes place in the cellar of a traditional old bar and is a mixture of locals and ex-pats and poetry takes place in all forms and in both English and Maltese. Its certainly a different experience and you can find out more details by asking the local council in the Main Square where the market takes place.


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