Thursday 24th March 2016
Last weekend the Royal Malta Yacht Club organised a jam packed weekend of racing, sailing, and partying for the St Patricks Regatta.
Two coastal races were held over the weekend, both starting inside Marsamxett Harbour, set with the stunning historic town of Valetta in the backdrop.
Saturday’s race saw all yachts heading north towards Comino. With the gusty conditions inside the harbour, there was already some action going on. Sean Borg’s Xp 44, Xpresso was first to get the clear winds exiting the harbour, closely followed by Mario Sant’s Time Out, Anton Calleja’s Lartista followed by Godwin Zammit’s Inspiration. After an unpredictable, gusty start inside the harbour the fleet had the perfect 15 knot breeze racing up to Comino. However as the day went on the wind became very light meaning only one yacht managed to finish within the time allowance, Expresso!
Sunday was yet another beautiful day with Southerly winds and flat calm water. A course was set round the Munxar mark and back to the Yacht Club. Two yachts, Xpresso and Time Out fought it out till the last second, leaving no room for errors. Ultimately it was the Xpresso crew who managed to emerge victorious once again making them the weekend’s overall winners.
The weekend came to a close on Sunday afternoon, when prizes for the weekend’s races were given out in the presence of His Excellency the Irish Ambassador Pádraig MacCoscair, who introduced the Beaufort Trophy which was given to the overall winner of the weekend races; Sean Borg and his crew of Xp 44 Xpresso.