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The Royal Malta Yacht Club official magazine.


  • ISSUE 29 - JULY 12

    Artie and Otra Vez at the Giraglia

    Rolex Cup


    2012The super

    yacht industry

    A tribute to Censu


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    Editor Teddie Borg Email: teddie@maltanet.net

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    Otra Vez at Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012. Photo by www.flypictures.com.

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    Commodores messageThe first part of the years sailing programme has just come to an end.

    The recent Ragusa weekend saw a fleet of over 15 boats race to this southern Sicilian port and back. The local clubs organised an inshore regatta there consisting of a series of windward-leeward races over two days in which around 30 boats from various parts of Sicily took part. Not many RMYC boats planned to stay and compete but hopefully next year we can be prepared to put up a better challenge.

    This year, the Malta Syracuse race saw a fleet of some 60 Sicilian boats and nearly 20 boats from the Royal Malta Yacht Club on the start line off the Sliema front. This was the best showing from the local boats for a long time.

    The club also recently hosted a concert in aid of the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation. Being all in a good cause, the evening featured some excellent vocal performances from the musicals

    and turned out to be an extremely entertaining one too.

    We are now well into the summer season and as the heat sets in, most of us put away our racing sails and turn to more relaxing cruising. It has been a while since the club organised a cruising activity. If there is enough interest, the club might organise a small local cruise this summer to try to revive this side of sailing among our members.

    During the summer a match racing series will play out on the water in front of the club after which the next competitive event will be the Tommy Hilfiger Ramla Bay Resort regatta at the end of August always an enjoyable weekend of mildly competitive racing and other activities.

    In September the club will be organising an end of summer party before turning its attention to its autumn programme of races, particularly the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

    Godwin Zammit Commodore RMYC

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    ContentsEDITORS NOTE 8 Master of the breeze

    Teddie Borg gives Censu Valentino a fitting tribute.

    12 A centre of excellenceHow can the Super Yacht industry become an economic pillar for Malta, asks Teddie Borg.

    15 Rules and regulationsPeter Dimech takes a closer look at racing rules.

    16 Match racing at the RMYC

    19 This race rocks Otra Vez skipper Aaron Gatt Floridia relives his experience at the 2012 Giraglia Rolex Cup.

    29 Racing on a large scale Artie co-skippers Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard fly the Malta flag high at the Giraglia Rolex Cup.

    33 A mighty challengeThis years edition of the Volvo Ocean Race was a successful battle on the high seas.

    37 A royal history Arthur Podesta explains the Royal in Royal Malta Yacht Club.

    41 BOV Round the Islands RaceLartista wins the first edition of the BOV Round the Islands Race.

    43 Ragusa weekend

    44 Malta-Syracuse RaceMaltese boat Juno wins line honours at the UK Sailmakers Malta-Syracuse Race. By Teddie Borg.

    47 Gewiss Marzamemi weekend

    48 Club news

    This year will be the 33rd edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race since its birth in 1968. While youre reading this, more than 35 yachts have indicated their intention to race in this years edition. As expected, this race has also fired the imagination of the locals who participate in such gruelling manifestations to measure themselves against foreign competition.

    This big classical race in the middle of the Mediterranean attracts a substantial number of Sicilians and Italians since they have good knowledge of the 360-degree course, besides also assessing the rough and tough conditions that the Mediterranean waters offer during October.

    The system of classifying racing yachts gives every entrant a fair chance of winning the priceless RMSR Trophy, despite the differences in boat size and speed potential. Through this equal opportunity handicap system, the first one over the line may not, after all, be the declared winner of the race.

    It is always a pleasure to remember the famous old skippers who gave this race its global reputation since its early years, among whom are Ted Turner, Cino Ricci, Paul Gardini, Robin Knox-Johnston, Eric Tabarly, Herbert von Karajan and many others who until this day enjoy worldwide fame.

    As is typical of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the entries so far vary from the modern size to top professional maxis. Currently, these entries hail from eight different countries, but by the time we get the full fleet, it is expected that more than 20 countries will be represented. No wonder then, that the organising committee is already in full swing, tackling the expected flow of various preparations including the popular crew party which even foreign crews look forward to.

    Other repeat participants, such as Beppe Bisotto on Atame and Filippo Lancellotti on Sciara have already indicated their intention to race again.

    The Rolex Middle Sea Race starts on October 20, with the spectacular start taking place at the Grand Harbour at 11:00am sharp. This is once again being televised live on Malta Television for the sixth year running, produced by Starboard Productions. It will also be filmed by the Rolex filming group.Media journalists from all over the world cover this big race and it also attracts all other local media, radio, TV and print.

    The Royal Malta Yacht Club once more wishes all participants good luck for this gruelling task.

    Teddie Borg

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    I remember ensu Valentino as a unique skipper who possessed natural talent for helming, especially in light winds, is the prompt response from double Middle Sea Race winner John Ripard, when requested to comment on the recent passing away of 85-year-old ensu Valentino.

    It was always my pleasure to meet this quiet gentleman, in love with the sea and sailing from when he was a little boy back then, he used to race in practically all the races that were organised.

    Like the Ripard family tradition, the Valentino family also enjoyed their sailing days. The star of the family was

    ensu himself, who taught both his sons architect Anton, and Peter, today an International ISASF Judge the art of skilful sailing. Antons son, Peter Jnr, continued in the family tradition by emerging as one of the most promising youngsters in modern sailing locally.

    In fact, Peter Snr, a former RMYC committee member himself and a true buddy of mine for many years, handed me his old newspaper cuttings which picture his father back in his racing days they are bound in three hefty albums, with page after page depicting ensus successes throughout his racing days.

    It is highly improbable to measure the quality of success that ensu

    acquired. One has to keep in mind that in those days, he used to sail in boats which were locally built and with nothing like the high tech sails or sophisticated instruments we have today.

    Early in his life, ensu raced in the GP14 and 16 dinghies and later on he raced on four different boats the Anna, Anna II, Mana and Island Dog.

    It wasnt easy for ensu to win races as he had literally to combat both the foreign skippers who at the time used to live in Malta, and above all the might of brothers John and Paul Ripard, two of the finest skippers that our island has ever produced.

    I C O N

    To their amazement and embarrassment, they discovered that there was no engine on Census boat.

    master of The breezeTeddie Borg gives ensu Valentino a fitting tribute.

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    ensus racing style was unique, always evading the other boats at the starting line and always seeking to look for open space and clean air. Maybe this looked like a slow start but in reality he knew how to gain momentum once he was out at sea.

    Once the race was on, ensu, with eagle-eyed observations, used to spot any oncoming breeze f