The 85-metre sail training ship Shabab Oman II is to embark on an official, four-day visit to Malta between the 22nd and 25th September. Regarded…
The Trophée Bailli de Suffren fleet has started to arrive at its final destination in Gozo, thus ending a 580 nautical mile journey which saw them berth in Porto Rotondo and Trapani before ending in Gozo.
This event is being hosted by Yachting Malta, Mgarr Marina Gozo, Ministry for Gozo, Camper & Nicholsons, Charles Grech, Malta Tourism Authority, MTA France, MTA Gozo, Ministry for Tourism and the Royal Malta Yacht Club.
The Trophee Bailli de Suffren fleet have set sail from Saint Tropez. Prior to their departures, boats were blessed by Monsieur l’Abbé Jean-Paul Gouardin, Parish Priest of Saint-Tropez. The first leg of the 580 nautical mile journey will see the fleet arrive in Porto Rotondo around Tuesday 27th June and Trapani on the 29th. ETA finish line in Gozo throughout the day till late evening on the 3rd July.
Live tracking of the fleet can be found on http://yb.tl/baillidesuffrentrophy2017
This event is being hosted by YachtingMalta, Mgarr Marina Gozo, Ministry for Gozo, Camper & Nicholsons, Charles Grech, Malta Tourism Authority, MTAFrance, MTAGozo, Ministry for Tourism and the Royal Malta Yacht Club
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AS YACHTING MALTA CELEBRATES ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY AND HOLDS ITS FIRST EVER AWARDS, IGGY FENECH SITS DOWN WITH CEO WILFRID BUTTIGIEG TO DISCUSS THE ACHIEVEMENTS, THE PASSION AND THE DEDICATION THAT HAS MADE YACHTING ONE OF THE ISLAND’S FAVOURITE SPORTS.
Article published on Sunday Circle magazine, distributed with The Sunday Times, Sunday 5th March 2017.
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Mr. Godwin Zammit – on behalf of Mr. John Ripard, Mrs. Roselle Borg- on behalf of Mr. Teddie Borg, Mr. Wilfred Sultana, Mrs. Dora Ripard – on behalf of Mr. Paul Ripard ,Mrs. Kristine Podesta – on behalf of Mr. Arthur Podesta, Mrs. Doreen Darmanin Kissaun – on behalf of Mr. Roland Darmanin Kissaun
The inaugural Yachting Malta Awards were held last night in the presence of some the stalwarts and key stakeholders of the yachting community.
Out of a total of seventeen submissions, the judging panel had the difficult task of selecting six individuals who, through their commitment, contribution and efforts, shaped the yachting community – as a sport and industry, as it is today.
The coveted Outstanding Contribution to Yachting was presented to the following:-
The Awards were presented by the various dignitaries present to the winners or their representatives.
The Yachting Malta Awards were supported by Mercedes-Benz, Simon Estates, Charles Grech and Transport Malta.
Commodore, Vikings Sailing Club
Gerald Portanier’s connection with the Vikings Sailing Club goes back to when he was eighteen years old when he started sailing Miracle Class Dinghies. In 2002 he returned to the Club to introduce sailing to his seven year old children. At that time the Club was given premises on lease from parliament and he worked with other volunteers to clean up the site as well as man rescue boats during dinghy regattas and contribute towards the organisation of various events such as cruises, regattas and the Round Malta Rally.
In 2005 Gerald was co-opted to the Committee. Since then he has been elected to various posts ranging from Rear-Commodore Yacht events to Secretary and Club representative on the Malta Sailing Federation.
Gerald’s passion for sailing has seen him volunteer, since 2008, at the Rolex Middle Sea Race initially undertaking bridge and scrutineering duties.
Following the Vikings Sailing Club eviction from their premises in 2014, Gerald was elected Commodore and undertook the task of rebuilding the Club from scratch. In the following months he actively pursued and successfully garnered the support of government entities in order commence refurbishing work at its home base in Haywharf.
The Yachting Malta Awards are being supported by Mercedes-Benz, Simon Estates, Charles Grech and Transport Malta.
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Malta’s location in the heart of the Mediterranean has always played a key role as a sea faring nation. In recent years, Malta’s maritime pursuits have seen the country’s yachting activity grow through the development of sector from a sport and industry perspective.
This growth was made possible through the passion, tireless energy and expertise that a number of individuals, clubs and organisations have contributed over a stretch of time. The success of the sport and industry is a testimony of the efforts made by these individuals. Yachting Malta felt that the time was ripe to recognise and give tribute to such individuals.
The Yachting Malta Awards, launched in December 2016, were designed to acknowledge these efforts and the general public was invited to submit nominations.
“Yachting Malta felt that it was appropriate to honour and celebrate the outstanding and lifetime contributions of key stakeholders in sport and industry through the first edition of the Yachting Malta Awards – their efforts have certainly made an impact on what has become a flourishing sector” explained Wilfrid Buttigieg, CEO Yachting Malta. “Reading through the wide spectrum of nominations is not only inspiring but also a powerful reminder of the efforts and challenges that such individuals embarked upon to bring the industry and sport to be what it is today and as a basis for future growth.”
2017 Yachting Malta Award Nominees
The nominees vying for the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Yachting’ award are:
Kurt Arrigo – International Award Winning Photographer
Teddie Borg – Sailing Media Pioneer
Aaron Ciantar – Four-time Powerboat World Champion
Robert Corcoran – Luxury Boat Captain & Yachting in Malta Promoter
Gino Cutajar – President of the Super Yacht Industry Network (Malta)
Roland Darmanin Kissaun – Yachting Industry Pioneer (1970’s)
Joe Degabriele – Super Yacht Industry Expert
Jean Paul Fleri Soler – National Sailing Coach
Malcolm Lowell – Entrepreneur & key supporter of the Rolex Middle Sea Race
Arthur Podesta – Past Commodore Royal Malta Yacht Club, Skilled Yachtsman
Gerald Portanier – Commodore, Vikings Sailing Club
Christian Ripard – Skilled International Yachtsman
John Ripard – Yachtsman, International Judge, co-founder of Rolex Middle Sea Race
Paul Ripard – Middle Sea Race Co- Founder, Olympian & Yachting Entrepreneur
Anna Rossi – President, Malta Sailing Federation
Lee Satariano – Yachtsman, Rolex Middle Sea Race
Wilfred Sultana – Journalist, Publisher and Events Organiser
The nominations are currently being vetted by the Yachting Malta Board of Directors. The winners of the first Yachting Malta Awards will be announced during a gala evening to be held on Friday 17th February at the Westin Dragonara Ballroom, St. Julian’s.
Yachting Malta would like to thank Mercedes-Benz, Simon Estates, Charles Grech and Transport Malta for their support.