Thursday, December 30, 2010

JAZZ 2nd Overall IRC and 1st ORC in Sydney-Hobart Race

JAZZ coming thru the Bass Straits Photo:

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

What's the Forecast for 2011??

Chris May 2010 - Ghallis

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.

 Gamblu December 2010 - Ghallis

 John December 2010 - Ghallis

 Chris May 2010 - Ghallis

 Tommy December 2010 - Torri

John December 2010 - Torri


Monday, December 27, 2010

Another Successful Euromed Championship

Photo thanks to Young Sailors Club

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:

Overall Optimist Champion Euromed 2010
Pavel Rassazov – Russia

Boys Optimist Open Class
1. Pavel Rasskazov – Russia
2. Edward Fleri Soler – Malta
3. Ugo Pace – Italy

Girls Optimist Open Class
1. Marina Shcherbakova – Russia
2. Anastasia Godovalnikova – Russia
3. Karyna Manuel – Great Britain

Junior Optimist Boys
1. Salvatore Sciuto – Italy
2. Craig Farrugia Vella – Malta
3. Mihail Shalagin – Russia

Junior Optimist Girls
1. Francesca Zammit – Malta
2. Raffaela Santagatti – Italy
3. Zoya Novikova – Russia

Optimist Boys Cadets
1. Ugo Zunardi – Italy
2. Davide Lavafila – Italy
3. Omri Sela – Israel

Optimist Girls Cadet
1. Anna Nikitina – Russia
2. Giuliana Liuzza – Italy
3. Anna Rusetskaya - Russia

Laser - 4.7 Class Boys
1. Sacha Ruffo – Italy
2. Thomas Zammit Tabona - Malta
3. Alekandr Sarkov – Russia

Laser 4.7 Girls
1. Ella Fleri Soler* - Malta
2. Abigail Fenech – Malta
3. Aleksandra Martynova – Russia

*(1st girl and overall 4.7 champion)

Laser Standard
1. Lorenzo Parma - Italy


Sunday, December 19, 2010

EUROMED 2010 Malta

Weather has been going from one extreme to the other. After some gale force winds and extremely cold temperatures brought down by the cold Northerly winds today is a balmy light to moderate southerly.
It is lovely to see the bay full of little white sails bringing back memories of 'days gone by' when dinghy sailing was in its heyday here in Malta.

 Officials looking very official!!

Friday, December 17, 2010


The Euromed 2010 starts today the 17th December and will come to an end on the 21st December. The popularity of this event increases every year and this year will be a record year with 92 Optimist sailors and 25 young Laser sailors registered. Competitors hail from far afield - namely Russia (who always bring over a large fleet), Denmark, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Sicily and ofcourse our very own local girls and boys from Malta.

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!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gale Force Winds Today

We had gale force North Westerly winds today. Good conditions in Ghallis though shore break was a bit too big for me to go down. Half a dozen of the lads braved it and had a good time near the bollard. I got quite a selection of good shots. Below are some of them plus a very short clip which just catches a pretty big wave dumping itself over John.

John Cachia

Matthew Miceli Demajo

Bernard Galea

John Cachia

Matthew Miceli Demajo

John 'vulcaning' in gale force winds and pretty rough sea!

Matthew Miceli Demajo


Friday, November 26, 2010

An Hour Here and There On the Water

My aim is to push myself to go down for a windsurf even if conditions are a bit iffy - better an hour on the water in iffy conditions than nothing at all........... the whole meaning of this is keeping myself fit! I know a couple of hours good solid windsurfing is worth 4 or 5 in the gym so I reckon even 45 mins to an hour of planing, drifting and planing conditions must be worth it! In the past 10 days I have managed 3 sessions of an hour each - every one using the 5.2m and each of the Skate, Synchro and New Wave being used. To make it even more enjoyable today I was back wearing a shorty after I had just washed all our shorties - it made a nice change for my wetsuit to smell of fabric conditioner compared to the unmentionable smell it usually has!! Had a couple of ''chilly'' days but today was lovely and tourists still swimming and sunbathing. All this whilst poor old Britain is having some Arctic weather!

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!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2010 - Prize Giving - Another Year Over

George Bonello Dupuis - Commodore of the Royal Malta Yacht Club

The stunning RMSR trophy

1st Overall - Lucky (TP52)

2nd Overall - Artie (J122)

3rd Overall - Jaru (J133)

The prize giving for the RMSR was held today at the Meditteranean Conference Centre. Unlike previous prize givings, this year the actual prize giving was held in the theatre so everybody was seated throughout. A much better and satisfactory procedure. After various speeches quite a few prizes were given out with the final big overall prize being given last. Following this an excellent speech was given by Lucky's skipper praising the RMSR as a whole and plenty of praise for our Maltese sailors - all of which we are very proud !
Formalities over everybody trooped out into the big Knights Hall (Malta! Always incredible history surrounds you wherever you go!) to be treated to an open bar and excellent buffet.
So............another Middle Sea Race over and crews are already looking forward to the next one!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

ARTIE 1st in Class and 2nd Overall

Happy bunch after crossing the finish line

The expression on Lee's face says it all!

Another satisfied face

Christian being interviewed by the press

Not quite sure who was happier - Lee's son Jake or the crew!

Peter looking fulfilled - both with their achievement and about something hot to chew on

Below - Jan looking like the true sailor after a tough but
satisfying race at sea
Isaac and John also looking thrilled with the result

Kurt the man behind all the instruments which were mucked up during a thunder storm

Matthew - this pic describes well just how hungry they arrived back on the pontoon

So many interesting stories about the trip and lots more still to come out!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ARTIE Home and Just Misses Overall First Placing

ARTIE crossing the line

All looking happy - and so they should be!

The ARTIE team after coming into the pontoon

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.


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