Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Malta Still Basking in Unseasonally Warm Weather

We had a stormy night a couple of nights ago with gale force winds from the NW but they had died down by the morning and it was another glorious day. Today is even nicer - perfect walking day. No doubt as the day wears on sweatshirts will come off and it will be comfortable enough in just a t-shirt. This past week the average temperature has been 22/23C. The wind direction has now turned back to a SW'ly so it will remain mild for the next couple of days definitely.

The forecast is showing some strong South Westerlies for New Year's Eve and a strong Westerly for Saturday. Am in Gozo with no equipment right now but if the Westerly forecast remains we may go back and pick up our equipment. Maybe try out Qbajjar if conditions are good there.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Wishing you all A Happy New Year!

Pic from www.karynlewis.com


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wishing All My Blog Readers a Very Joyful & Peaceful Christmas


Euromed 2009 Final Results

Race start Pic:Bunty

Edward Fleri Soler 2nd overall Optimist class Pic:Bunty

Laser sailors Pic: Norman Cutajar

Optimist Open Class:
1st Nikita Ushkov (RUS)
2nd Edward Fleri Soler (MLT)
3rd Pavel Rasskazov (RUS)
Optimist Female Class:
1st Anna Kartasheva (RUS)
2nd Marina Kravchencko (RUS)
3rd Marina Scherbakova (RUS)
Optimist Junior Class:
1st Piero Lozzia (ITA)
2nd Rosalba Giordano (ITA)
3rd Robert Muscat (MLT)
Laser 4.7 Class:
1st Thomas Zammit Tabona (MLT)
2nd Sacha Ruffo (ITA)
3rd William Nicholls (GBR)
Laser Radial Class:
1st Simon Psaila (MLT)
2nd Maya Podesta (MLT)
3rd Sean Borg (MLT)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Some Euromed Shots

Busy race office : click on pics to get full view

Above are some pics taken today showing various activity on and off the water. Today was the first race day of the Euromed 2009. There are around 75 entrants hailing from various countries, amongst them are Sweden, Russia, France, Italy, Great Britain and ofcourse Malta. There may be some participants from other countries but the above are the ones I know are taking part (unfortunately have not had much time to get certain info today).
Besides the Optimist open class there is a Junior class and also a Laser class which is bigger than usual this year. The local Radial Laser sailors may be joining the fleet over the weekend.

I hope to put up some more pics and some results later on this weekend.
Also hope to get some better shots of the actual racing cos I was a bit far away today.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Euromed 2009

Location: Tunny Net, Mellieha,Malta Pic:Mark Fleri Soler
Once again Mellieha is the setting for the gathering of young international Optimist and Laser class sailors for the annual Euromed Championships.
The Russian team have been seen out in the bay doing some serious training (in some pretty serious windy conditions) during this week and today saw more teams out training ready for the start of the event tomorrow.
The Euromed starts tomorrow Friday 18th December and runs over the weekend finishing on Monday 21st December.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Endemic Moth discovered in Malta

A new type of moth has been discovered in Malta! Believe it or not we are still discovering new things, not just in this World but on our tiny Island - unbelievable really especially when most of the natural habitats have been totally destroyed with all the building that has been going on!!
You can read about this in our local Sunday paper - The Sunday Times.
Quite a hairy looking thing isn't it?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gozo Farmhouse Price List 2010

Festa time in Victoria, Gozo

Gozo Farmhouse Rentals has its new 2010 price lists up on the website. We have basically kept the same prices as last year and even REDUCED prices during the high season months of July and August! As always we are trying to give the best service at the best prices possible giving excellent value for money.

Check out our website for the latest news, pictures and prices relating to our unique farmhouse holiday accommodation on the lovely island of Gozo.


Top 10 places to enjoy a cup of tea

Top 10 places to enjoy a cup of tea

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Big Wave Contest in Oahu

The above pic was taken off the Huffington Post . There is a big wave contest that takes place every few years in Oahu - the waves have to be BIG for it to take place. Read a short bit about it on the above link and view some more great pics.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Some Shots from Today

Keith decided he would like to see what it feels like to gybe on the rocks!

Rider: Tommy Pic: Bunty

Rider: Tommy Pic: Bunty

Rider: John Pic:Bunty

Friday, December 04, 2009

Some More Wednesday Action

Tommy a long struggle and swim in after losing the top end of his sail

A nice scene shot of the point of Ghallis with Dana going for a back loop

Johnny Boy getting some high airtime

Keith getting some air

Tommy really going for it on Wednesday (before he lost the top end of his sail!)
All pics thanks to Sean Arrigo - Thanks Sean!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Great Afternoon !

Tommy going straight up Pic: Sean Arrigo

Tommy tabletop Pic: Sean Arrigo

At last had a good day surfing Ghallis. North Westerly wind using 4m - cannot remember the last time I used a 4m in Ghallis. Usually when I need to use that sail the shore break is far too big for me to go down, but it was manageable yesterday (as long as I had someone to help me out!). It was great to be back out on the water with they guys and for the first hour I even had the same size sail on as some of them . Was a bit over at first and had to keep depowering the sail to stay in control..........................soooooper fun!

Meanwhile, it looks like the British sailors held in Iran have been released - that is GOOD news! The Telegraph said this:

''..........................the Iranians seem to have accepted British assurances that the men were simply sportsmen who had strayed off course.........''

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Yacht Sailors being held in Iran

Images taken off the Daily Mail website www.dailymail.co.uk
A crew of 5 yachtsmen, who were delivering the Volvo 60 yacht 'King of Bahrain' from Bahrain to Dubai for an international yacht race from Dubai to Muscat, were captured by an Iranian naval vessel after they, unfortunately, strayed into Iranian waters. The Daily Mail says they were blown 500 yards into Iranian waters by strong winds after their propellor was damaged. I have heard another report on TV that they drifted into Iranian waters after they lost their propellor in very light wind - so not really sure of the exact situation as to what really happened.
Sky News mentioned this morning something about them having to avoid a zone of some sort to do with oil rigs etc. I don't really think anybody knows the real reason why they ended up so close to Iranian water and that most of it is speculation.
Well, let us just hope and pray that there is a happy outcome for all involved.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Alberobello, Puglia, Italy - Short Break Report

Looking up to our cosy little studio supplied by Trullimania

Church San Giorgio in Locorotondo

View from the Belvedere, Locorotondo

One of the many pretty little streets of Alberobello

The church on the top of the hill of Alberobello built with money from American migrants

A view of one of the most concentrated areas of Trulli in Alberobello

Thanks to Ryan Air supplying a flight now from Malta to Bari, we were able to go for a lovely short break to visit the beautiful region of Puglia. This area lies just at the top of the heel of Italy - a region less known on the tourist map to more famous Tuscany and Abruzzo regions of Italy.
I was not surprised at the beauty of the area (having read up in great detail about it previously), but actually seeing it with one's own eye is, of course, a very different experience.
We arrived quite late in the evening and had to navigate our way down from Bari to Alberobello at night. We had some good directions given to us by our Trulli landlord, Flavio, but navigating badly lit and not very well signposted Italian roads at night made us take a few wrong turns making our 1 hour journey come close to 2 hours!
We were greeted very warmly by Flavio, Trulli renovator and owner of Trullimania. Greeting us with a lovely bottle of local red wine and loaded with information booklets and a Trullo souvenier - we could not have asked for more. The studio was lovely and warm (it was surprisingly very cold on our arrival) with its modern underfloor heating. It is compact but not at all cramped with a lovely large bathroom fitted with top quality fittings and lovely large shower. There was also a very useful little kitchenette area with fridge and 2 cooking rings. Very large comfy double bed and TV with all the local Italian stations on it. Flavio has more studios and larger 2/3 bedroomed Trulli aswell for families or friends travelling together.
Our accommodation was right at the heart of Alberobello with parking close by. The perfect setting and location to explore the town itself and the neighbouring towns and villages.
The nearby towns basically all have the old historic centre up on a hill with the modern parts of the town on the surrounds. The order of the day was parking where you can and just walking and exploring the fascinating windy narrow streets and admiring the architecture and views.
For the ramblers/walkers there are endless country lanes to explore with miles and miles of fields around.
Ofcourse there is then the food. Probably one of the most important items on OUR agenda! The food is just heaven with delicious local sheep cheese, hams, salamis and local speciality which is the collar of pork. The anti pasti are also delicious and for me the best part of the meal.
The only thing I would advise is to be careful about some of the local wine served in restaurants (the one that comes out of a large plastic bottle!) - it is a bit rough on the old stomach!!
Basically, a great place to visit though I don't think I would want to be there in the height of the tourist season - far too many people.
Places to visit in the immediate vicinity:
Polignano a Mare
Martina Franca (though not as clean and nice as other places)
and more........


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Stormy Malta the past few days..............but lovely weather now


The weather put on a show last night, with thunder and heavy rain in many parts of Malta. This picture was taken by Frederick Muscat in Mgarr Malta at around 8.50 p.m.

Bluefin Tuna in the Med Endangered


The Maltese government should cease backing further futile imposition of unenforceable restrictions on the tuna industry and fully support Monaco and the USA in their proposal to list the Bluefin tuna as an endangered species, Din l-Art Helwa said.
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meets this week is meeting in Recife, Brazil, to decide the future of the bluefin tuna.
ICCAT scientists have stated that industrial fishing has drastically reduced breeding stocks in the Mediterranean and east Atlantic and have warned that the population is nearing the point at which it might never fully recover.
The tragedy can only be averted is by imposing a total ban on tuna fishing for a few years in order to allow breeding stocks to build up again to sustainable quantities.
The environmental non-governmental organisation said Monaco proposed protecting bluefin by using another mechanism - listing the species under the CITES convention, and the EU this year came close to supporting that move.
However, the Mediterranean fishing nations Spain, Italy, France, Cyprus, Greece and Malta said in September they would not allow the 27-member EU to give its combined backing to Monaco.
The USA, on the other hand, announced its support for a CITES listing if ICCAT failed to pass strong conservation measures during the Brazil meeting.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Forward Loop in 4 Steps

This is the best bit of instructional video I have ever seen.
Thanks Continent 7 - Chris Pressler - and also Puffy as that's where I saw it originally.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Beautiful Puglia!

One of the many narrow streets of Alberobello. It is probably the cleanest town I have ever visited. It almost feels like something out of a film set.

Alberobello is a World Heritage site containing thousands of these cone topped Trulli which are lived in by the locals. Some have been turned into chic bed and breakfasts.

The ''must have'' for the average local. The real Italian 3 wheeler - usually a Piaggio.

The classic Fiat Cinque Cento (though the colour is definitely not one of the original colours). When I was young we had a red one and the whole family (5 in all) were carted around in it all over the island.

The new version of the Fiat Cinque Cento. This was our hired car..........and diesel too! VERY economical - we only used Euro15 of diesel in 4 days (though we weren't driving all day long and local towns were quite close by)!!

....................more photos to come.

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2009

This an excellent bit of MSR footage on board Seawolf of Southampton of Atlantic Charters.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Some Not so Exciting but Fun Pics from Last Weekend

Whenever there is a strong wind 'old faces' always turn up which is great fun! This is Franco who has been windsurfing from the early days.

Robert was hitting some pretty fast speeds!

Bobby - no hands! And for those of you who are wondering whether this shot was taken before he fell in.............no he did a perfect gybe!

I just love the expression on Bobby's face

'Big man Bobby' himself!

????? Who's that?????

All the shots of me are gybing!? Obviously nothing more exciting to take!

A little bit overpowered it seems

Great to be sailing with Chrissy again

Tommy - bit of a wipe-out


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