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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

5th to 15th August 2017 - Pozzallo, Marzamemi and Siracusa

September 2017 - Marzamemi and Siracusa (date to be announced)

 

Malta Cruising Club Commodore Awarded

 

Commodore Wilfred Sultana Awarded  Trofeo Del Mare 2017

From an original list of twenty-six nominees our Club Commodore, Mr Wilfred Sultana was one of eight candidates who were eventually awarded the Trofeo Del Mare 2017 in the seventeenth edition of an Event which brings to life the many stories of men and the sea along the Mediterranean routes.

The jury’s citation on announcing Sultana’s award referred to him as "A sports journalist, publisher and organizer of national and international maritime events, contributing to the growth of nautical crafts, both as a sport and as in shipping and industrial activity, promoting economic and trade exchanges between his country and Sicily.

The Trofeo del Mare 2017 marks the fifth major recognition awarded to Wilfred Sultana throughout his
active career. The other four were that of 1986 - Sport Official of the Year (Għaqda Kittieba Sports -
Malta), 2013 - Life Career Recognition in Media and Sport (Għaqda Ġurnalisti Sports - Malta), 2016 -
Life Career Recognition as a Journalist, Publisher and Events Organiser (ONE Tribute Awards -
TV/Radio Group) and 2017 - Life Career Recognition as a Journalist, Publisher and Events Organiser
(Yachting Malta).

A special guest at the Trofeo del Mare 2017 Awards Night was the Hon Dr Angelo Farrugia. Speaker
of the House of Representatives who was also invited to present one of the awards. In a short
address Dr Farrugia referred to Malta’s maritime commanding role in the Mediterranean throughout the years and the success with which various maritime related elements are today embellishing the local economy.

The Trofeo del Mare Awards, which this year have been included among the national events to mark the 120th anniversary of the Lega Navale Italiana, were organised by the Reggione Siciliana, the Lega Navale Italiana (Sezione Pozzallo), the Soprintendenza del Mare and the Comune di Pozzallo.

Wilfred Sultana, currently also the Commodore of the Malta Cruising Club, is the fourth Maltese personalities to be bestowed with the Trofeo del Mare Award. The other three were Dr Timmy Gambin - Marine Archaeologist in 2011, John Ripard - Yachtsman in 2012 and Francis Portelli - Shipowner in 2014.

 

 

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5th to 15th August 2017 – Pozzallo, Marzamemi and Siracusa

 
 
 

This year we have crossed over to Sicily in-company twice;  to Pozzallo for the Continental Sette Giugno Regatta and recently to Scoglitti.
 
We are now planning to do at least two more crossings to Sicily this summer.  The next crossing is planned for the pre-Santa Marija week from the 5th to the 15th August 2017 and the destination is Siracusa with short visits to Pozzallo and Marzamemi before we get there.  We are also planning another crossing for September, details of which will be communicated in the third week of August.
 
For this crossing however, the plan is to leave Malta on Saturday 5th August, spend two days in Pozzallo, move along the coast to the picturesque fishing village of Marzamemi on Monday 7th August, then on Wednesday 9th August we leave for another short hop to the ex-Greek colony/city of Siracusa.   The distance from Malta to Pozzallo is 50 nautical miles and will take from 7 to 8 hours.  From Pozzallo to Marzamemi going round the Island of Capo Passero is 24 nautical miles and will take approximately 4 hours.  Whilst the distance from Marzamemi to Siracusa is 25 nautical miles and will also take us another 4 hours.   
 
Any member who is interested to join the group leaving on the 5th August can contact me on the usual email; maltacruisingclub@gmail.com   The leading boat for this crossing will be m/y 4US skippered by the Committee member, Brian Darmanin.
 
Please book as early as possible but not later than Monday 31st July.  Finding marina berths in Italy in August is not easy and we will try to make sure all boats joining the group are booked for the three ports of call.
 
Looking forward to hear from you.
 
 

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Scoglitti 2017

(Photo: Victor Taliana)

 

Eleven boats took part in the crossing to Scoglitti between the 7th and the 11th July 2017 taking up the mooring space of the best part of one of the pontoons of Ponente Marina in the fishing village of Scoglitti.

The crossings between Malta and Scoglitti and back were both pleasant, with almost flat seas and a modest amount of favourable wind.  The group also met for dinner in one of the many restaurants in Scoglitti for a splendid feast of  seafood, both in quantity and in quality!

 

(Photo : Anna Calleja)

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Continental Malta-Pozzallo Sette Giugno Regatta

(Photo : Kay Friese)

Another Successful Sette Giugno Regatta

This year’s five-day Sette Giugno Cruise to Pozzallo retained its traditional cheerful and enjoyable all-family relaxing sailing break. Since its introduction in 2013 the number  of participants gradually increased from 9, 13, 15,  16 to 18 this year.

The Continental Malta-Pozzallo Sette Giugno Regatta organized annually by the Malta Cruising Club (MCC) since 2013 this year saw the introduction of Continental Tyres as title sponsors.

Participating boats took approximately 8 hours to cross to Pozzallo where they met with varying wind and sea conditions. Yet In the last 3 hours, the wind from the North West was a constant 10 Knots and the sea became even more calmer to give the participants a comfortable and pleasant sail all the way to Pozzallo.

A now traditional appointment in the Sette Giugno Regatta is the ‘Sail along the Pozzallo coast’. where each yacht host two young students from the nautical school  Istituto di Istruzione Superiore "Giorgio La Pira" - Pozzallo. This is held with the cooperation of the Lega Navale Italiana Sezione di Pozzallo, with the Section’s President  Ing. Luigi Tussellino acting as Race Officer on the day and  also providing a committee and a safety boat.

The regatta along the Pozzallo coast was very competitive albeit a friendly one.  Notwithstanding the light wind conditions (about 7 to 8 knots), the boats covered the 5 nautical miles course twice for a total of 10 nautical miles in just over an hour of very pleasant sailing. 

Apart from the sailing aspect the nearly sixty MCC yachting community were hosted with transport arrangement on two occasions by the Comune di Pozzallo. On one occasion the group visited an agriturismo set-up in Frigintini and assisted in the production of ricotta, cheeses and homemade bread. On the second occasion the group attended for the production of the famous Cioccolato di Modica and a sightseeing tour of Modica.

Present for the Farewell Fish Night Dinner were also Johann J. Cuschieri, Director of Standard Limited, Malta agents for Continental Tyres, as well as Dot Giovanni Palmeri and Michele Guarino from  Palmeri Pneumatici of Continental Tyres in Catania. Part of the Event’s sponsorship was used to subsidize the participants’ berthing fees and the cost of the Farewell Dinner.

A pleasant Sette Giugno Regatta ended with a delightful trip back home - Flat seas with a constant 8 knots of North-West wind and a very favourable sea current of 1 knot almost throughout the whole 51 nautical miles between Pozzallo and Malta. Yes, it was a relatively fast crossing where most boats took 7 hours or less to cross over.

Overall it was a very successful 5 days of activities in Pozzallo enjoyed by all participating skippers and their crew.  The favourable comments received after the event indicate that this is indeed a most popular annual event of the Club. 

Skippers, crews, race officers, young students from the "Giorgio La Pira" and sponsors’ representatives following the briefing at  the Clubhouse of the Lega Navale Italiana Sezione di Pozzallo prior the ‘Sail Along the Pozzallo Coast’. (Photo: Patrick Genovese)

 

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