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UPCOMING EVENTS

CANCELLATION OF SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Regrettably, once again we have to cancel all social activities of the Club henceforth. Following the Health Authorities directives issued yesterday, no gatherings of over than 15 persons will be allowed.  This will severely restrict the type of Club social activities we can hold and would make such events meaningless.

Therefore, the program of forthcoming Club events issued a few weeks ago is being put on hold until such time as the current directives remain in place.

Consequently, the 29th/30th August planned Summer Lunch at Mellieha Bay is cancelled. We will probably also have to cancel the Hog Roast Night planned for the 18th September.

We will keep you informed accordingly.

18 August 2020

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Gone with the wind

Maltese Sailors on the frontline fighting COVID-19

Our Commodore, Wilfred Sultana wrote a full page article in the Times of Malta highlighting the difficulty clubs like the Malta Cruising Club are facing because of the global pandemic.   He also focuses on what some of the members of the Club are doing to fight COVID-19.

You can read the article by clicking on the image on the right.

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Members, Len & Mary wrote a book – worth reading.

Club members, Len & Mary Nugent have been held up in Florida (USA) during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Len put the lockdown period to good use by writing a book on his life.  He writes:

"As I sit here writing this book, in the Sunshine State of Florida, in the middle of a lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I can’t help thinking about how the world has changed since I ran around the streets of Belfast as a kid all those years ago.

And then I think about how I headed to the UK and survived as a groundworker before starting a one-man band construction business after many years of hard work.

And about how this one-man humble start-up grew into a multi-million pound group of companies operating in the Southeast of England.

Writing this book has not been easy, but I had a lot of encouragement from my friends and family, and having made many mistakes and learnt many lessons the hard way over the years, I wanted to show any young guys just starting off their business careers that anything is possible.

If this guy can do it, so can you.

I really hope you enjoy this book. I’ve spent many long days and nights these last few months labouring over a keyboard. The experience has been a great learning curve.

If one person learns anything from my story, this book will have been a success."

If you are interested in buying Len & Mary's book, here is where you can get more details: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08BDT99ZJ/ref=sr_1_5?crid=NBFBT26MCE4Z&dchild=1&keywords=keep+er+lit&qid=1592892397&s=books&sprefix=keep+er+lit%2Cstripbooks%2C410&sr=1-5

All the proceeds from the book are going to a homeless charity in Crawley (Sussex).

25 June 2020

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Brian Darmanin

We regret to inform members that ex-Committee Member, Brian Darmanin passed away.

Brian was a long standing member of the Club and served also in the Committee of the Club for two years between 2017 and 2018.

For at least two running years, he organised and conducted the Annual Quiz Night for the Club and he participated on a regular basis to the sailing and social events of the Club.

Our sincere condolences to his wife Rosanne and to the family.

May he rest in peace.

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Prof Antony de Bono 1932 -2020

We would like to express our condolences to the family of Professor Antony de Bono, founder of the Malta Cruising Club who passed away at the end of March 2020, three days short of his 88th birthday.

Prof. de Bono was one of the first cardiac surgeons in Malta. He was also a passionate sailor and cruised extensively around the Mediterranean in his Westerly sailing boat, San Michele.

In 2005 together with a group of friends, he founded this Club, the Malta Cruising Club and was instrumental in setting up its structure, aims and function.

May he rest in peace.

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Sailing boat – Suwena

Eve and Andrus are Club members who moved to Malta in 2015 from Finland.   They have put up a blog and they also have a Youtube channel about their adventures with their sailing yacht, Suwena, a long keel ketch Nauticat 441.

You can read about their sailing blog and their voyages from Finland and also log on their blog or Youtube channel.  Read their introduction by clicking on the page on the right.

You can also see the same introduction and the links in our Presentations section of this website.

Enjoy!

 

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We refer to our email to all members sent out on Wednesday 25th March 2020 where we informed you that because of the current situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to suspend all Club activities until further notice.

In the same email, we did however not exclude holding the Falken Sette Giugno Pozzallo Cruise due between the 6th and the 9th June and we promised to give you a definite answer in the first week of April.

The Committee of the Club met yesterday (online) to discuss this event and we have decided that the Club is in no position to plan and organise the Falken Sette Giugno Pozzallo Cruise on those dates, in the current circumstances. As you are well aware, travel by air or sea between Malta and Italy is prohibited and we have no idea when this restriction will be lifted. Moreover, once this is eventually lifted, we have no idea what conditions will be imposed on the crews/passengers travelling between the two countries.

Therefore, regrettably, we have to also cancel this year’s edition of the Falken Sette Giugno Pozzallo Cruise.

In the meantime, we once again urge you to abide by the local health authorities regulations and recommendations and to take care or your health and that of your loved ones.

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Due to the current situation and in line with local Health Authorities’ recommendations, the Club is suspending all Club activities until further notice.

Talk on Cruising in Greece

The talk on Greece and particularly on the Ionian Sea planned for the first week of April will not take place.  However, we are in contact with the speaker of this interesting talk with the hope of being able to organise an online webinar in which all interested members will be able to join in, participate in the presentation and even ask questions to the speaker – all online.  More details will be communicated to you later.

Easter in Gozo

Regrettably, the planned cruise to Gozo and the dinner with our friends, the Gozo Cruise & Crews, has been cancelled.

Quiz Night

Again, this annual event planned for May 2020 has also been cancelled.  We might be in a position to hold this event later on in the year, if this is possible.

Sette Giugno Cruise to Pozzallo

We are still working on the possibility to hold this event between the 6th and 9th June 2020.  The situation at the moment does not look very good.  Nevertheless, we will continue to consult with our friends in Pozzallo and review the current situation in Malta and we will communicate our final decision on this event on the first week of April.

In the meantime, we strongly urge you to adhere to the health instructions being given out by the local Health Authorities and take care of your own health, that of your family and the public in general.

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Successful sail across the Atlantic

Three members of the Club, Committee member Patrick Genovese, Carmel Abela and David Jones recently returned from an Atlantic crossing on a 2003 Nautor Swan 56R called Zingala with owners Gareth Thomas and his wife Anna Maria Darmanin and their dog Qwerky.  For the owners and especially for the crew this was a life-time experience which they greatly enjoyed.

You will find an article in one of the local papers written by our Commodore, Wilfred Sultana describing their experience.  Just click on the page below to read the full-page article which appeared on the Malta Independent on 24th March 2020.

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Falken Tyres sponsors Sette Giugno Pozzallo Cruise 2020

We are also happy to announce that the sponsor for the 2020 edition of the Sette Giugno Pozzallo Cruise will once again be Falken Tyres who together with their local agents, Standard Group of Santa Venera will be sponsoring the event.

The 50 nautical miles  Falken Sette Giugno Pozzallo Cruise, now in its 8th edition, will once again be organised by the Malta Cruising Club with the collaboration of the Pozzallo section of the Lega Navale Italiana and held under the Patronage of the Comune of Pozzallo.

This year the popular event is being held between Friday 5th and Monday 8th June 2020.   Please take note of the dates! We will issue a full programme later on at the beginning of May.

The sponsorship was finalised during a visit to Malta by Fabrizio Manfredi, Sales Support Manager for Italy and Malta, of Falken Tyre Europe. Also present at the sponsorship agreement meeting was Johann J. Cuschieri, Director of Standard Group, Malta agents for Falken Tyres.

                                                 

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John Cini presented with the Commodore's Award by Wilfred Sultana

Mr Graham Fairclough receiving the Award on behalf of Profs Antony de Bono

Sunday 1st December 2019

We thank all members who attended to our annual Commodore’s Lunch (previously known as the End-of-Year Lunch) which this year took place on Sunday 1st  December 2019 at the Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort in St Julians.  Over 80 members attended for the Lunch and we are very happy with the ever increasing number of support we get from you for such events.

Commodore’s Award

This year, the Commodore's Award has been presented to, John Cini , a well known and popular member of the Club.  During the Lunch, our Commodore Wilfred Sultana handed over the Commodore's Award to John Cini in recognition of the support he gave and continues to give to the Club and its members.   John was also presented with two bottles of special wine bottled for the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) of South Africa donated by the same Club to Commodore Wilfred Sultana in a recent visit to South Africa.  Our sincere congratulations to John.

Commemorative Mdina Glass Award  

Also during the same Lunch we presented a commemorative Mdina Glass Award to the founder of the Club, Prof Antony de Bono who today lives in the UK.  The Award was handed to Mr Graham Fairclough, a close friend of Prof de Bono, who will hand it over to Mr de Bono in UK.   Also present for the Lunch was Prof Daniel Darmanin who was also a member of the first Committee of the Club when it was set up in 2005.

Special thanks go to Standard Group and International Paints who were the main sponsors of some of the activities of the Club during the year.  Present also for the Lunch were Mr Ray Cuschieri representing Standard Group and Mr Andrew Magri Overend representing International Paints.  We also thank the Royal Cape Yacht Club of South Africa for the donated wine and for the burgee of their Club.

Group photo of Club Committee, John Cini, Graham Fairclough and Andrew Magri Overend.

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The Waterfront Hotel

- Friday 11th October 2019 at 7:00 pm

Talk given by David Jones, a member of the Club.

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Tips on sailing to Greece and back

Members Peter & Alda sailed to Greece this summer via Sicily and Southern Italy, rather than straight across the Ionian Sea.

They have prepared a very detailed account how they did it; which ports they visited and other useful tips for all members who would love to cross over to Greece but find the 300 odd miles that separate Malta from the coast of Greece daunting to cross in one go.

We are very grateful for their contribution which we are publishing under the heading PRESENTATIONS in this website or click here to access the page.

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International Siracusa Cruise – 27 July to 3 August 2019

Seven boats took part in the International Siracusa Cruise with boats departing in ideal weather conditions to Marzamemi early on Saturday 27 July 2019 and berthing at Marina di Marzamemi early in the afternoon.

The boats were off again the next day to Siracusa for a four night stay in the beautiful Ortiga island of Siracusa. The return trip included another stop at Marzamemi before sailing back to Malta, once again in ideal weather conditions.

The Club would like to thank the skippers and crews of the boats that took part and also the sponsors of this Cruise; Med Tek Limited, agents and official distributors of International Paints in Malta.

Group photo of some of the crews at Siracusa

Departure from Marzamemi just before sunrise

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Cruise to Scoglitti Licata and San Leone – 3 to 12 July 2019

Most of the boats, skippers and crews are back from the Cruise to Scoglitti, Licata and San Leone.   It was a great time together.  In all 9 boats took part and the weather was reasonably kind for most of the way.

Another group of 7 boats lead by Pierre Aquilina on Windchaser ventured all the way from Licata to San Vito Lo Capo and beyond visiting the Egadi Islands.  Some boats are still in navigation doing a clockwise circumnavigation of Sicily.

The boats taking part in the Cruise to Scoglitti, Licata and San Leone were:

August Rush;  Bonaire;  Gaulos;  Hantess; Laila;  Onda Blu;  Rhapsody n' Blu;  The Starry Plough; and Tranquilla. 

The boats touring the South Coast of Sicily were:

Cicca;  Lady Marie;  Maura;  Mazzarell;  Mihaja II;  Punto e Basta;  and Windchaser

 

In all 16 member boats took part in the South Coast of Sicily cruises in the first two weeks of July.

The Boats at Marina La Ponente in Scoglitti

The Boats at Cala del Sole in Licata

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Falken Sette Giugno Pozzallo Cruise 2019

                   

All the boats and crews are back from a very successful 7th edition of the Sette Giugno Pozzallo Cruise, this year sponsored by Falken Tyres and by their local agents Standard Group of Santa Venera.

In all, 33 sailing boats took part in this event occupying almost the entire Pozzallo marina from Thursday 6th June to Sunday 9th June.  A briefing of the skippers took place on Monday 3rd June and the departure from Malta and the entire program of events in the three days in Pozzallo went according to plan.

This event is coordinated by the Malta Cruising Club with the cooperation of the Lega Navale (Sezione Pozzallo) under the patronage of the Comune di Pozzallo.

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Photos: Pierre Aquilina, Nadine Genovese, John Steethaler and Austin Calleja

Falken Tyres Europe recognize the achievements of the Falken Sette Giugno Pozzallo Cruise

Committee member Mr Johann Cuschieri presenting this year's Programe Booklet of the Pozzallo Cruise to Mr Shingo Sakashita, CEO of Falken Tyres Europe GmbH in a recent meeting in Germany.

 

Falken Sette Giugno Pozzallo Cruise 2019 – Booklet

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Quiz Night 2019

The 2019 Quiz Night took place at the North Country Bar and Restaurant in Bahrija on Friday 17 May 2019.

There was lots of fun, good food and fierce competition between the teams taking part!

 

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Gozo Dinner with Gozo Cruise & Crews Club

A wonderful evening with the members of the Gozo Cruise & Crews Club at Ferdie's Restaurant in Mgarr on Saturday 20th April 2019.

Over 32 members of the Malta Cruising Club joined another 40 members of the Gozo Cruise & Crews Club in an Easter Dinner last Saturday.  The food was excellent and the organisation was impeccable, thanks to Caroline and her team in Gozo.  Everyone had lots of fun, including some improvised singing from members of both Clubs.

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Anti-Fouling Your Boat – a Presentation at the Waterfront Hotel

      

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The Anti-Fouling presentation that took place on Friday 5th April 2019 at the Waterfront Hotel in Gzira was very well attended.  Thank you for all the members that turned up in spite of the unfavourable weather that evening.
The presentation was sponsored by International Paints and all those present learnt about some interesting products that will soon hit the market which will make the life of each boat owner much easier.
The presentation was followed by a Buffet Dinner.

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Marine Diesel Engines – Care and Maintenance

   

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A record number of members turned up for the Marine Diesel Engines - Care and Maintenance presentation given by our member John Cini at the ATLAM Sub-Aqua Club in Bahar ic-Caghaq on Friday 22nd February 2019.
The 90 minute presentation was very well received by all present and we would like to thank John for his time and effort in delivering so much useful and interesting information. We would also like to thank the President of the Sub-Aqua Club, Joseph Azzopardi, also a member of our Club and the proud owner of sailing boat Funsail, for hosting our talk at the Sub-Aqua Club.

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Members’ Corner

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