Thursday, December 30, 2010
Great news from the Sydney-Hobart race. JAZZ did really well coming across the line 12th and coming 1st overall in the ORCi Class and 2nd in the IRC Class. We are particularly interested in JAZZ itself since Christian Ripard is chief helmsman onboard this canting keeled Cookson 50 owned by Chris Bull.
Christian also skippered ARTIE together with owner Lee Satariano in this year's Rolex Middle Sea Race just missing a 1st overall placing by 26 minutes.
Line honours went to WILD OATS XI whilst SECRET MEN'S BUSINESS (what a name!) came first overall in IRC Class.
Christian before the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2010 Photo: Bunty
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Well the forecast for 2011? - that's anbody's guess, but let's hope it improves cos we seem to be windsurfing less and less these days with conditions varying between border line and the odd wild gale force 8 to 9 thrown in inbetween. More and more people are taking to kiting (which to be honest who can blame them when windsurfing conditions have become so unreliable?). Our usual 'Grigale' has never materialised this year - we didn't even get a Christmas 'Grigale' - probably the first year we haven't had it for years and years. So far plenty of Southerlies - yuk! such a waste of good wind! So what can I say? Fingers, toes and whatever else are all crossed that 2011 will be a kind and giving year for us.
Happy New Year to all fellow surfers (whatever type) from all over the world and look forward to reading various blogs to see how everybody else is getting along.
Monday, December 27, 2010
The Euromed Championships 2010 came to an end after another highly successful event.
The Russians take this championship very seriously and members of their large team arrived a week earlier to train and familiarize themselves with the idyllic racing venue of Mellieha Bay. Their serious training has paid off with 3 out of 8 classes being won by a Russian.
This year brought record entries from several European countries. The Maltese young sailors did Malta proud with some excellent results. Ella Fleri Soler came first overall in the 4.7 Laser class - Ella is proving to be an excellent sailor giving some very stiff competition not only to her fellow female sailors but to the males too. Keeping it in the family Ella's brother Edward achieved a highly commendable 2nd overall placing in the Optimist Class.
This year Italy also had a strong team with teams coming from both Italy and Sicily. They achieved 4 first placings out of all 8 classes.
Weather conditions were varied from very cold Northerly winds at the start of the event, followed by balmy Southerly breezes and finishing off with perfect moderate winds.
Final Class results were as follows:
Boys Optimist Open Class
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
The event will take place from The Tunny Net in Mellieha Bay. Mellieha Bay being the perfect venue for an international competition within a very large open bay which gives perfect but challenging sailing conditions whatever the wind direction.
Having had a very balmy Autumn and probably the warmest November and first half of December on record, the weather has suddenly turned very cold with very chilly Northerly winds over the past few days making temperatures suddenly drop. No doubt the North wind has brought with it the big chill that mainland Europe has been having over the past few weeks. In spite of the drop in temperature the sea temperature still remains a warm 19C and the sun makes an appearance for most of the day - some scattered showers may be expected (but we DO need that precious rain!).
Good luck to all competing!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Matthew Miceli Demajo
Friday, November 26, 2010
Since I have no interesting piccies or video footage to add to this I suggest you press on the link below to see some thing a bit more recent just for a bit of entertainment though not so funny for those LV yachts racing!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Below - Jan looking like the true sailor after a tough but
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
ARTIE is home after just missing an overall first position. They pushed really hard all the way through the race, but these past 24 hours they really gave it all they had knowing it was such a touch and go situation. They had a real blast on the Lampedusa - Malta leg, but unfortunately the wind died down quite a bit around Malta and they just could not make the necessary speed needed to cross the finish line in time. Entering Marsamxett harbour there was absolutely no wind at all and they drifted through the finish line to cheers from all those gathered at the yacht club to meet them in.
They had a great welcoming committee on the pontoon. They all looked tired but very satisfied with their achievement. They have definitely won their class and, although not official yet, the chances are they have a 2nd overall placing.