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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