Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Being an environmentally concious person it caught my interest. (One reason why sail power and not motor power interests me!) Appreciate any comments about this.
I found it quite amusing! The things one does to pass the time!!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Once we got back home I saw on windfinder that the wind should be picking up between 4 and 5 to around 22 knots so was keeping an eye on the wind. Went down around 4.20 and quickly rigged up a 5.5m Tushingham Rock and Fanatic Skate. It was looking really good and I had a couple of great runs then somebody just turned the switch off and that was the end of that!
The best thing about it all was I suddenly realised while windsurfing that in a couple of weeks we will probably be using our shorties instead of a full wetsuit! Great!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Image taken off travelblog.org
The weekend of the 1st to 4th May is a long weekend here in Malta and Gozo. Gozo will be organising the Gozo 1234. Last year it organised Notte Gozitana which took place all over Victoria, but this year it is extended over the long weekend and will be held all over Gozo. Incorporated into the event is the Fireworks Festival.
What is this weekend all about? Basically it is a weekend of culture, folklore, various cultural activities organised in various localities throughout Gozo, walks around the old parts of Victoria, country walks etc etc. To get to know more about it click onto this link http://www.visitmalta.com/event-details?e=3447
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
John has a couple of new (and quite unexciting) bits of video on his blog if you are interested to see http://maltayoungguns.blogspot.com
Friday, April 18, 2008
Puffy really don't want to read about all the lovely wind you are getting down in Hatteras! Can't you SEE how green I am??
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Born and bred on Maui, Fred must now be very well into his 50's. Used to swim as a youngster and even broke some record swimming too. You can see a very brief biography on http://www.mauibyfred.com/about.asp
Fred broke the World speed record in 1983 in Weymouth with a radical new design of sail which paved the way for sails using cams. Still a very active surfer and one of the most respected persons within the windsurfing community. He now runs a real estate business in Maui.
Originally known for his surfing he took to windsurfing after he moved to Maui. He has seen the sport through one of the most important initial stages of its development. He went into business with Dave Ezzy . He designs surf boards and has now lately become heavily involved in the new craze of Stand Up Paddleboarding. Jerry must be in his 50’s now but still someone to contend with seriously on the water.
Read more about Jerry Lopez on http://www.morningoftheearth.net/People/Jerry.htm
AG lives in Hawaii and runs his shop and still races and competes in events. So he is one of the many who’s career has been formed thru the sport. AG is also into speed sailing (besides still ripping at Hookipa) and is at the high end of the 30’s (in knots) when it comes to speed – think its around 38 knts. Found this insert from Feb 08 on the Maui Surf Report blog – Quote:
By the time I got to the parking, the sailor had caught the wave and was riding it. It was the biggest wave I've ever seen anybody riding at Hookipa. More than two masts high. Clearly, after the huge close out the sailor had no other chance than to sail back to shore.That sailor was good old Alex Aguera.
How old is he? Hmm not sure, but he won the 1st Aloha Wave Classic back in 1984 so I reckon that makes him mid 40 ish.
http://www.mauisails.com/barry_corner.php?id=50 The article and pics on this link are back in 1984 and make interesting reading.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
John hiking out with fellow crew members onboard 'Artie'
This past weekend was a long weekend here in Malta, therefore the perfect weekend to hold the Global Capital Gozo Weekend Regatta for yachts. John raced onboard Lee Satariano's boat 'Artie' (a J109) and had a wow of a time. The first race took them from Marsamxett Harbour up to Mgarr Harbour in Gozo. The following day they had a race that took them twice round Comino and on the final day it was a race back down to Malta.
Martin Meachen on his Dehler 'Mischief' won each race in his class, so it was a very successful weekend for him. He is pictured above receiving his well earned prize.
The pics were taken off the gallery from the yacht club website http://www.rmyc.org/ . If you would like to see some other great shots go onto the link to enter the site.
You can view a new entry in John's blog on http://maltayoungguns.blogspot.com/