The Malta Independent 26 May 2019, Sunday

Elusive 2 etches name on Citadel Marzamemi Regatta Trophy

Maria Vella--Galea Friday, 10 May 2019, 11:58 Last update: about 14 days ago

A sizeable fleet set sail to Marzamemi from the Royal Malta Yacht Club in the recently held Citadel Marzamemi Weekend Regatta - a favourite on the Club's race calendar it being the first offshore race of the season and Marzamemi being top location of the Club's crews.

The Race up to Marzamemi on Friday morning, saw crews getting off to a slower start than expected with only a light north easterly breeze to help boats get across the start line. To make matters worse starters also had to face an uncomfortable swell. As the fleet approached Sicily the winds died down resulting in all the fleet retiring.  Not to be disheartened by the outcome of the first race, crews still had an enjoyable time in Marzamemi, relaxing and enjoying the get together organized by the Club in the popular piazza and making sure their boats were prepared for the race down to Malta on the Sunday morning.

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With the wind gods playing up again, a short-lived breeze near Portopalo saw the fleet going round in circles until a North Westerly wind filled in the area.  From then on it was a consistent breeze which saw the fleet on a fast sail back to Malta, with little gaps between the boats.  The First 45 Elusive 2, skippered by the Podesta siblings were first to cross the line as well as first on corrected time, etching their name on the Citadel Marzamemi Race Trophy.

Second to cross the line was Sean Borg with his XP44 Xpresso followed by Jamie Sammut's Solaris One 42 Unica.  However, boat ratings came into play here resulting in Unica taking second place followed by Godwin Zammit's Inspiration in third place overall.  

A Prize Giving evening was held at the Royal Malta Yacht Club in the presence of Ms. Nathalie Borg Farrugia, Citadel Insurance plc representative and main sponsor of the event,  who presented prizes and trophies to the winners. 

"Citadel Marzamemi Regatta will always remain a Club favourite.  It brings crews together for their first offshore race as well as the opportunity to mingle and socialize in Marzamemi, which for years has welcomed Maltese crews to its little piazza for a good night out. Despite weather conditions not being of much help on the race up, the race down provided some good racing action" explained Godwin Zammit. "We are extremely grateful towards Citadel Insurance who have been long term supporters of this Race".

The Club is grateful for the voluntary assistance of Rear Commodore Sailing and Race Officer Peter Dimech, Wolfgang Scheifinger, Alfred Caruana,  Richard Dennis, Luca and Victoria Lactignola for their assistance throughout the race.

Citadel Marzamemi Regatta Results

Overall

1st Place - Elusive 2 (Aaron, Christoph & Maya Podesta)

2nd Place -Unica (Jamie Sammut)

3rd Place - Godwin Zammit (Inspiration)

 

IRC Racer 1

1st Place - Elusive 2 (Aaron, Christoph & Maya Podesta)

2nd Place -Unica (Jamie Sammut)

3rd Place - Xpresso (Sean Borg)

 

IRC Racer 2

1st Place - Nauti Buoy (Robert Ciantar)

 

IRC Cruiser Class

1st Place - Inspiration (Godwin Zammit)

 

RMYC Club Cruiser Class

1st Place - Ace (Peter Ellul Vincenti)

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