The Malta Independent 5 December 2020, Saturday

Sailing: UNICA’S hat trick

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 13:03 Last update: about 3 years ago

The Solaris Cup, since its inception in 2014, brings together Solaris owners from all over the world to race in the Solaris Cup.  Crews congregate at the Yacht Club Porto Rotondo in Sardinia for a weekend of racing and one thing in common - all own a Solaris yacht - the perfect setting to see the entire Solaris range in action!

The Solaris Cup generally attracts over 30 Solaris yachts that bring together a good mix of professional and Corinthian crews.

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For the third year in a row, Jamie Sammut's Unica was on the fleet list and with it a personal challenge to retain the Solaris Cup and bring it home to Malta for the third year in a row. 

Unica's crew has proven to be a winning formula.  The addition of Christian Ripard - an international sailor with so many nautical miles of racing experience under his belt further complemented the determined crew.

From the outset, Unica was going to be the yacht to beat.  Another Solaris 42 - Swiss Nautic Two was certainly going to ramp up their efforts having narrowly missed the Cup the previous year.  Added to the pressure that Swiss Nautic Two attempted to inflict on Unica was that of a Solaris 50 - Paola 3, crewed by a host of America's Cup sailors.  On the other hand Swiss Nautic Two chased Unica until the very end, racing seconds away from each other until the very end - despite their valiant efforts, once again Swiss Nautic Two had to settle for second place.

"This year was definitely more competitive than previous years. Swiss Nautic Two was on our case having lost first place last year, whilst the skipper of Paola 3 personally came up to me to challenge me before the start of the race - naturally this added some pressure especially when one saw the calibre of the crew on board - having said that they fared much better in the Giraglia," Jamie Sammut, Skipper - Unica. 

These races always provide unforgettable moments - moments such as the camaraderie on board and the social aspect of such events where all crews meet to have dinner together before they start racing are hard to describe, but Jamie explains that one of the best moments after the race was the sighting of a 40 foot whale - nearly as big as Unica, a mile away from the coast of Sardinia.

"We take this opportunity to thank all those organisations who support us, namely Isomat, Endo Fuel, Johnnie Walker, Mastervolt, Veneziani Paints, Medcomms Ltd., Manoel Island Yacht Yard and Action Sails Malta"

With this adventure well and truly over Unica will take a short break before gearing up for the Rolex Middle Sea Race in October when it will be raced double handed by Jamie Sammut and John Cachia.

No rest for the wicked!

Unica Crew | Jamie Sammut, John Cachia, Christian Ripard, Alan Sammut, Nicky Sammut, Alex Sant Fournier, Joseph Vassallo, Michael Albanozzo and Jeremy Gravina.  
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