Although good racing conditions were not forecasted forthe annual RMYC Ragusa Weekend Regatta leaving crews a bit apprehensive, themorning of the Race Up saw crews enjoy an unexpected good south easterly windwhich at times averaged up to 14 knots. These conditions enabled the first boats reach Marina di Ragusa underspinnaker at around 4pm. As the winds died down, it was a later arrival forsome of the boats, with the last boat reaching the Marina at approximately8pm.
Throughout the weekend, the Circoli Velici Iblei, underthe auspices of the Federazione Italiana Vela, organised the 5th Trofeo AchilleBoroli Challenge and the 3rd Hyblea Cup which consisted of a number of roundthe cans races outside Ragusa Marina. The races were open to Maltese and Siciliancrews. A total of fifteen boats tookpart, three of which were Maltese.
The Ragusa weekend proved to be very much a Malteseaffair with Maya Podesta's Elusive 2 BOV storming to victory and winning theAchille Boroli Challenge. Third placed on the Challenge’s podium was GodwinZammit's Inspiration. The Hyblea Cup was won by Anton Calleja's Lartista.
Crews started the Race down to Malta early on Mondaymorning, however lack of wind compelled the boats to retire. This ending to anactive weekend however did not dampen the good spirits with which the crewsleft Ragusa after a great weekend of socialising and sailing.
The Royal Malta Yacht Club thanks volunteers, the CircoloVelici Iblei and the Porto Turistico di Marina di Ragusa for their contributiontowards the organisation of this Regatta. A Prize Giving evening will be held on Friday 8th July at 20:00hrs atthe Royal Malta Yacht Club.
The next event on the Royal Malta Yacht Club’s racecalendar is the hugely popular Malta – Syracuse Regatta which will take placeon the 16th July.
RMYCRagusa Weekend Regatta Results
Sailaway – Ray Schembri
Elusive 2 BOV – Maya Podesta
1st Place – Sailaway – Ray Schembri
2nd Place – Kaimana – David Anastasi
3rd Place – Inspiration – Godwin Zammit
Nauti Buoy – Robert Ciantar