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Issue 4 - DECEMBER 2013

Ray Davies on tactics Meeting Francesco de Angelis

Thomas Bonello Ghio Paris International Boat Show


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EDITOR’S NOTE And so a great year comes to an end. Having launched Skipper just last June, we have now four issues under our belt – and every issue has been greeted with very positive feedback. In this issue of Skipper, we close 2013 with a bang as we interview two top international sailors. We can still picture the great comeback that Oracle Team USA made last September to win the 34th America’s Cup. Nobody was expecting it, especially since Emirates Team New Zealand were up 8-1 in the best-of-17 regatta. And yet, Oracle Team USA won an astounding eight back-to-back races to get their hands on the Auld Mug. While Oracle Team USA brought out the champagne, there was obvious disappointment in the Emirates Team New Zealand camp. And yet, as the team’s tactician Ray Davies tells us in an exclusive interview, Emirates Team New Zealand will come back fighting. In a second interview, legendary Francesco de Angelis recalls B2’s triumph at this year’s edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. In this issue, we also meet young Thomas Bonello Ghio. The 15-year-old sailor is showing plenty of potential and this year, his first in the laser class, has seen him crowned as National Champion in Laser 4.7. Lieutenant Commander Woityra, the US Coast Guard Attaché at the US Embassy, and Lieutenant Colonel Mallia, Commanding Officer of AFM Maritime Squadron, give us precious advice on how to be prepared for any eventuality while sailing. In this issue of Skipper, we also review the Genoa International Boat Show, dress up in a fashionable sailing wardrobe, and welcome friends on board for a great meal. Read on and enjoy.

CONTENTS 10 A man of records

26 Young rudder

14 Cunning tactics

28 We’ll always have Paris

Skipper meets legendary yachtsman and winner of the 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race Francesco de Angelis.

It was the greatest comeback in the history of competitive sailing. Down 8-1 at the 34th America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA made a thrilling comeback to win against Emirates Team New Zealand. On board the AC72 of Emirates Team New Zealand was tactician Ray Davies. He tells Skipper what happened.

19 Be prepared

Recreational boating is fun. However, don’t lose sight of the potential dangers, say Lieutenant Commander William Woityra and Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Mallia.

24 A spacious odyssey

Timeless design, seaworthiness and ease of handling make the new Sun Odyssey 349 a great escape.

It has been a great year for 15-year-old Thomas Bonello Ghio, who became National Champion in Laser 4.7 in his first year.

The 53rd International Nautic Paris Boat Show made some interesting waves.

30 Waves hello

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Anthony A Bernard recalls some memorable moments at sea.

34 In the navy

Skipper gets the nautical blues.

36 Decks appeal

Skipper heads to the horizon with a round-up of great accessories.

39 Salmon and potato supper

How much is the fish, asks Mona Farrugia. Priceless, if you prepare it well.

42 Sailing news

Skipper’s latest updates on the Rolex Sydney Hobart and the Volvo Ocean Race.

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WELCOME There are various parallels to draw between sailing and putting together a publication. You start by charting your course and putting together a team that is technically able and is hungry for success. There is the endless preparation. Then there is the race against time and hardy competitors. And when the race is won, there is brief jubilation and then onwards to the next race, the next issue. In our first year of Skipper, we’ve had plenty of ups. There is great satisfaction in listening to other people’s stories and then retelling them to you, our readers. We’ve met and interviewed various greats, from Alex Thomson to Ray Davies and Francesco de Angelis. And we’ve

covered red-letter events, from local club activities to the Trophée Bailli de Suffren, the Rolex Middle Sea Race and the America’s Cup, just to name a few. There have also been some personal satisfactions – in my case, the highlight was my return to the Rolex Middle Sea Race on board Escape by Tommy Hilfiger in the double-handed class. We had a tough time preparing the boat, and ourselves, but it was well worth the efforts and sleepless nights.

Photo by ACEA, Gilles Martin-Raget

Enjoy our last issue for 2013. I wish you all the best for Christmas and we will return next year with more boating adventures.

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Georges Bonello DuPuis ailing towards Stromboli on board Escape by Tommy Hilfiger. Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo. 8 - Skipper / Issue 04

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B2 sailing the final miles on the approach to Malta during the 2013 RMSR. Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

A man of records

Skipper meets legendary yachtsman and winner of the 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race Francesco de Angelis. Francesco de Angelis, tactician of B2. Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo.

What are your first sailing memories? I started sailing as crew with a friend at the Circolo Del Remo e Della Vela Italia club in Naples. I remember we had some big waves on the day but I enjoyed it so much that I haven’t stopped sailing since. What role did your Neapolitan roots play in your sailing career? Being surrounded by the sea, it was easy to go sailing after school. I would walk to the club, grab a sandwich and go sailing. The weather was good all year round and there was a good fleet of dinghies to practise with.

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B2 approaching the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour. Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo.

Francesco de Angelis and the crew of RMSR 2013 race winner B2. Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo. Skipper / Issue 04 - 11


What do you remember of your first sailing trip? It was such fun to travel with the club team. There was great camaraderie. Moreover, there was the additional bonus of not having parents, or coaches, around at the time – just the club sailors supporting us boys. This year, you won the Rolex Middle Sea Race. How does this victory differ from your 2007 one on board Atalanta II and other times you raced around Sicily? The race in 2007 was characterised by extremely light winds, so it was fairly tough. However, we managed to win line honours. There were a few other attempts afterwards – we finished close, but not close enough to grab the trophy again. This year, there was a very competitive fleet and mixed weather conditions. We pushed very hard at times and had the additional hurdle of sailing from Pantelleria to the finish with no instruments, dinghy style. What are the Rolex Middle Sea Race’s characteristics that distinguish it from other regattas? The RMSR is definitely the trickiest 600 miles in the Mediterranean. The race presents different wind and wave conditions every year, has lots of corners and currents, and islands to round. The event is steadily growing in depth.

Francesco de Angelis skippering Libertine at the Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2008. Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Do you prefer sailing solo or in a group? I sailed solo long ago when I first started and I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. Then I progressed to double and then up to the 16-strong crew for the America’s Cup. I like the team environment, where you have to learn other skills on top of the technical side. One day, I would love to sail offshore in a double – that can be tough as you need to push hard all the time.

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“We pushed very hard at times and had the additional hurdle of sailing from Pantelleria to the finish with no instruments, dinghy style.” Skills, guts, passion – what does a yachtsman need to be successful? You need to be in tune with the environment and the wind. Moreover, you need discipline, balance, decisionmaking skills, and the desire to improve yourself. It’s easy to see why this sport is good for children as it helps in their formation. You have an enviable palmares – what’s next on your list? I have a mix of round the buoys and offshore in 2014. Moreover, I would love to come back to Malta for the 2014 RMSR. What are those essential items that you always take with you on board? I was taught to never leave shore without water, a hat and a knife. And that’s what I always do. When not racing, how do you wind down and relax? I find that travelling in the mountains is very relaxing. Most memorable sailing moment? Luckily, I have a few of those. However, I am focused on the ones which are still to come – which means that I am still loving it.

Francesco de Angelis at the Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2008. Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Foiling or not? Foiling is fun, so it would be nice to have a go because I like the variety. Each boat gives you peculiar problems to solve and each has its challenges – that is intriguing.

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Emirates Team New Zealand’s Ray Davies sailing on the AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf on the second day of sailing. Photo by Chris Cameron.

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Emirates Team New Zealand tactician Ray Davies. Photo by Chris Cameron.

Emirates Team New Zealand sailing team: Winston Macfarlane, Chris McAsey, Adam Beashel, Grant Dalton, James Dagg, Glenn Ashby, Jeremey Lomas, Dean Barker, Tony Rae, Ray Davies, Grant Loretz, Richard Meacham, Chris Ward, Derek Seward and Rob Waddell with the Louis Vuitton Cup. Photo by Chris Cameron.

Cunning tactics

It was the greatest comeback in the history of competitive sailing. Down 8-1 at the 34th America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA made a thrilling comeback to win against Emirates Team New Zealand. On board the AC72 of Emirates Team New Zealand was tactician Ray Davies. He tells Skipper what happened.

What fuelled your passion for racing? I just really enjoy racing yachts. There are so many factors involved with racing and campaigning that each event poses its own challenges no matter how big or small the event is. Winning also feels a lot better than not winning. How come New Zealand produces so many world class sailors? We are surrounded by water – it’s so accessible and not just to the wealthy. Families embrace the sport for their kids and the kids can live sailing with their friends and enjoy it from a young age. Sailing World magazine has called you “the nicest man in sailing” – what has earned you this reputation? You can’t always believe what you read. As tactician, what is your role with the Emirates Team New Zealand team? Understanding the weather for the day and coming up with a pre-race strategy. Ray Davies sprints across the tramp during a gybe. Day 12 of testing for the team’s first AC72 at Hauraki Gulf, Auckland. Photo by Chris Cameron.

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34th America’s Cup – Race Day 2, Oracle Team USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand, dock out show at America’s Cup Park. Photo by Abner Kingman.

“We sailed a very good race but just got mowed down upwind.” 16 - Skipper / Issue 04

Then during the pre-start I work with Dean Barker to ensure we start at the favoured end at pace. During the race I would communicate the boat on boat plan and preferred gate – I also communicate the times to ley lines. Making quick decisions while racing at 40 knots – is it a combination of skill, experience and gut feeling? We all wish we had more experience making calls at 40 knots. Situations come up quickly and they can change just as quick. You do get used to the speed – however you have to think a few moves ahead as the crew need plenty of set-up time. What is your most precious victory to date? I have a few that are precious. I do cherish our Volvo Ocean Race win on Illbruck and the 99 Admirals Cup for Holland. Our comeback from behind at the RC44 championship on No Way Back is also a fond memory. My time with Mean Machine was a highlight and going on to win the TP52 Med Cup Series was very satisfying. But probably what tops the lot was beating the Alinghi crew in Auckland during the Louis Vuitton World Series after the 2007 America’s Cup. It felt great winning in our home waters. How would you explain what happened at the America’s Cup winner-take-all final race? We sailed a very good race but just got mowed down upwind. The Oracle guys did a great job of developing their upwind foiling and their control system. Moreover, their boat was superior to ours by the end of the regatta.


Oracle Team USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand – post race press conference. Photo by Ricardo Pinto.

How does a team regroup for a comeback after such an incident and why is ETNZ so supported around the world? We take the lessons from the last campaign and come back fighting. I think we have a lot of support around the world as people can relate to the team. We put the time on the water and stretch our budgets a long way I think people like our transparency and the legacy of the team. What race is next on your calendar? Next is the A Cat Worlds championship. However I’m realistic with my expectations for this event – that said, I want to commit to the class and I expect to be handy in the future.

“We take the lessons from the last campaign and come back fighting.”

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Be prepared Recreational boating is fun. However, don’t lose sight of the potential dangers, say Lieutenant Commander William Woityra and Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Mallia.

Lieutenant Commander Woityra is the US Coast Guard Attaché at the US Embassy in Ta’ Qali. Lieutenant Colonel Mallia is the Commanding Officer of AFM Maritime Squadron at Hay Wharf.


ince the time when the Phoenicians roamed the Mediterranean, going to sea has been an inherently dangerous activity. Nowadays, more and more people are buying boats, spending time on the water every summer, and enjoying the fabulous recreational opportunities that Malta has to offer. This should not let us lose sight of the bad weather, fires, flooding, equipment failures, and other perils that could ruin a weekend or endanger your life.

number, if you have one. In the event of an emergency, the float plan will give rescuers the best chance of finding you and helping you before the situation gets worse.

Before going out on a boat, the prudent mariner should take the time to make some brief preparations. These include checking the weather forecast and local notices to mariners, topping off the fuel tank, and packing enough food and water for the trip, as well as any medications you might need. It is also important to do a quick check of the boat’s systems before you depart the pier, including the engines, steering, VHF radios, horn, and GPS. It is also vitally important to file a float plan with a responsible adult.

Whenever a boat is reported as having failed to return as planned, the personnel at the Rescue Coordination Centre Malta start contacting anyone and everyone who may have further information about where the boat operator planned to go and when. A float plan provides all of the basic information required. More importantly, a float plan will quickly make your loved ones aware of when something may have gone wrong and allow them to alert the authorities without delay.

Float plans should include the vessel’s name and description, the number of passengers on board, the expected areas that the boat will be visiting, and the time expected back. Additional information that is useful is a mobile number and the boat’s ninedigit Maritime Mobile Service Identity

The real value of a float plan becomes apparent when something doesn’t go quite as intended. The local agency responsible for search and rescue is the Armed Forces of Malta and your float plan can go a long way to helping them take the search out of search and rescue!

Based on the information in the float plan, RCC Malta can begin to attempt to establish contact with the overdue craft, request information from shipping in the intended area of operations and, when required, dispatch search units to the area where the craft is supposed to be. Knowing what to look for, how many people may be involved and what

emergency equipment is on board also go a long way to ensuring that eventual SAR operations have the best possible chance of success. Outfitting your vessel with the right safety equipment can make the difference between life and death. Some things, like personal floatation devices, fire extinguishers and a VHF radio are obvious and required by law. Wearing a PFD dramatically reduces the chance of drowning in a boating accident. US Coast Guard statistics shows boaters are six times more likely to drown in an accident if they are not wearing their PFD. Other emergency equipment, like an emergency position indicating radio beacon, a first aid kit, signal flares, a life raft, life ring or bilge pump will seldom be used, but you will be glad to have with you when the circumstance arises. If you ever boat outside sight of land, an EPIRB is a crucial piece of gear that will ensure (via satellite technology) that help will find you when you need it most. Just make sure the EPIRB is registered with the particulars of your vessel. Some other items to carry with you on your boat include navigation instruments like a GPS and compass, as well as local charts. It is also important to carry copies of the vessel

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registration, any boating license you might have, as well as the local boating regulations. Another consideration for all boaters is the dire consequence of boating while intoxicated. Boating under the influence of alcohol is never safe. In addition to the risks you are taking to your own safety, you should also consider the lives and well-being of your passengers, other boaters, and swimmers peacefully enjoying the sea. There are also serious legal consequences for boating under the influence, including fines and imprisonment. Don’t do it – it isn’t worth the risk. Having invested so much time and money in your boat, then it makes little sense not to invest the same amount of resources in yourself, more specifically in your knowledge of how to operate and navigate safely. Current regulations require the operator of any craft with over 30hp installed power to have completed an operator’s course at the

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MCAST Maritime Institute or another recognised institution. However, such training is invaluable for anyone who intends to operate any kind of seacraft and, together with float plans, such training should form an important part of your personal preparation. The more you know about the environment where you intend to operate, the lower the chances are that you will have an accident and the better the possibility is that you will survive an incident unharmed. As in the case of any other widespread recreational activity, the amount of available information resources is vast. Books, industry magazines, the internet and owner associations all offer great opportunities for you to discuss boating with people who are in the industry or have been on the water for many years. Their experiences can answer your questions, prevent common mistakes and, just possibly, save your life when all else has failed. Never be satisfied with what you know and always try and learn

more about how you can make you and your loved ones safer. In essence, recreational boating is just like any other recreational activity: the more you know about the risks, the better you equip and prepare yourself, and the more knowledge you have, then the safer you will be. Never forget that the sea has the potential to be a place of great beauty but also great danger. Recognising your limitations and implementing some basic safety precautions can ensure that what should be an enjoyable and incident-free weekend remains just that. When all else fails and, despite your best efforts, you do find yourself in a distress situation, remember that there are professionals out there whose job it is to assist you. Preparing yourself properly ensures that they have the best chance of fulfilling their SAR mission and the international mission statement of SAR professionals the world over: “That others may live.”

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A spacious odyssey Timeless design, seaworthiness and ease of handling make the new Sun Odyssey 349 a great escape.


rom the very first glance, the new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349 captivates with her pure lines, generous interior volume and inviting cockpit. True to the values of the Sun Odyssey line, the 349 is the perfect combination of performance, comfort and safety at sea. Whether in the cockpit or at the helm, at anchorage or at sea, you will enjoy taking full advantage of this seaworthy, stable and easy-to-handle sailboat. The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey line has long been the reference in versatility, quality of life on board and sailing performance. This reputation for excellence stems from three defining features of the range: comfort with timeless design, speed and ease of handling while underway and, above all, seaworthiness.

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Presented during the 2013 Paris Boat Show and with a UK premiere at the London Boat Show in January, the Sun Odyssey 349 upholds these qualities. Built for offshore cruising, the Sun Odyssey also features trademark Jeanneau qualities such as interior volume and ergonomic design. An atmosphere of easy living pervades due to ease of movement about the boat, ample storage, solid wood mouldings and the warm, bright tones of Alpi teak. The modern chined hull was designed by Marc Lombard to maximise performance, stability and interior volume. The twin wheel steering and twin rudder come as standard, giving you exceptional control and performance. The Sun Odyssey 349 also comes with a choice of fixed fin or shallow draft keel, to be followed up with a lifting keel version. The hinged transom gives you easy access on and off the boat, into the dinghy or for swimming. Escape from the everyday and taste the pleasures of family cruising. With a choice of a two- or three-cabin layout, a spacious saloon and a very functional galley, the Sun Odyssey proves both well-considered and inviting. High quality woodwork accents an incredibly bright, well-lit and comfortable interior. For more information visit

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Young rudder It has been a great year for 15-year-old Thomas Bonello Ghio, who became National Champion in Laser 4.7 in his first year.

Skipper: How do you find the time for both your studies and sailing? Thomas Bonello Ghio: Well, it’s not always easy, especially with examinations around the corner. Weekdays are mostly dedicated to my studies and physical training in the evenings while on the weekends I try to spend as much time as possible on the water training for upcoming events. Good time management is very important when trying to juggle between school, sailing, family and friends. S: Who or what inspired you to start sailing? TBG: Georges Bonello DuPuis first introduced me to sailing back in 2005 during a sailing trip to Sicily with family. Georges has a great background in sailing and immediately encouraged me to start dinghy sailing. Since then I took to it like a fish to water and I have always taken it very seriously.

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My sponsors also support me a lot. I would like to thank Nivea for sponsoring my sails and Sealink Marine Centre for sponsoring my Henri Lloyd sailing gear and English Braids ropes. S: Do you come from a sailing family? TBG: My family were never too keen on sailing. However since I started sailing my father became interested and started cruiser sailing soon after. The rest of my family also enjoy sailing and spend much of their free time cruising both local waters as well as the occasional trip to nearby Sicily. S: What type of training do you do and how much time do you dedicate to it? TBG: There are three types of training in preparation for dinghy racing events. The first type is the physical training – I spend around five hours a week on physical training at the gym and I am also very careful about what I eat. Then there is the mental preparation, especially before an event. Mental

preparation ensures I am up to the physical demands of the event and it also helps me to develop the motivation, confidence and focus I need to handle the mental demands of each race. Last but not least is the actual on the water technical training which takes up most of my time. During the winter months I am on the water for as many hours as possible on the weekend while during the summer months I also train during the week. This type of training focuses on all aspects of the racecourse and helps me improve my tactical decisions. S: Why did you change from optimist to laser sailing and what are the main differences between the two classes? TBG: I had to change from optimist to laser at an early stage because of my height. It was a very difficult decision for me especially since I was chosen to represent Malta at the Island Games that year. I decided not to take part due to my above average height which affects my boat speed and handling when optimist sailing.

The sailor Name: Thomas Bonello Ghio Age: 15 Currently studying: Three sciences for his final year at St Edward’s College.

The main difference between the two classes is the sail area, hull design and the weight and height of the sailor. Lasers offer a choice of sail sizes (4.7, Radial and Standard) which varies according to the size and weight of the sailor while optimists are limited to only one sail size. Lasers are also more difficult to handle therefore require more experienced sailors. S: How do you learn to read the weather and adapt to it? TBG: Learning the weather is a matter of experience and time spent on the water. Paying close attention to wind shifts and cloud formations, sea state and currents, as well as reacting and adapting to changing weather conditions as rapidly as possible can make the difference between a first and last position on the water. S: What have been your most memorable achievements to date? TBG: During my second year of optimist sailing in 2008, I managed to place first in the Cadet fleet in the National Championships and second in the Cadet fleet in Euromed. In 2009 I placed first in the Cadet fleet in the National Championships. In 2011 I became the national champion in the Open fleet. I was also chosen to represent Malta three times, twice for the Island Games and once for the Europeans. This year, my first year of laser sailing was my most memorable achievement. With only seven months experience on laser I went on to win the National Championship in Laser 4.7. S: What are your main ambitions? TBG: From an educational point of view my ambition is to qualify in one of the three sciences and further my studies at university. In sports, making it to the Olympic Games would be one of my dreams.

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We’ll always have Paris The 53rd International Nautic Paris Boat Show made some interesting waves.

Photos by (c) Raoul Dobremel / AFP / Nautic 2013 (c) Jérôme Dominé / AFP / Nautic 2013


nce again, the International Nautic Paris Boat Show at the Porte de Versailles wowed audiences, as befits the world’s top show, in terms of visitors. During the show, 785 exhibitors and over 1,300 brands displayed 700 boats, 200 of which were new models. Apart from boats, over 300 different craft were part of the show, including canoes, kayaks, surfboards and various types of beach machines. The boats displayed were fairly divided between sailing and motor. Of particular interest were the semirigids, which have truly revolutionised motor boat navigation with two solid arguments: manoeuvrability and lightness Their lightness of semi-rigids makes them easy to tow and launch in the water, especially if you are the happy owner of a four-wheel drive. In addition, their manoeuvrability

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is unrivalled and they can transport twice as many passengers while slicing through the waves with their streamlined hulls. The new Zodiac, Bombard, Valiant, Pro Marine, Sillinger and Zeppelin are all there, alongside the best Italian and British specimens such as Sacs, Lomac, Nuova Jolly and BWA. Economy and ease of steering continue to be important for motor boat users. New steering systems using joysticks, even on outboards (Mercury Marine), bring all manoeuvres within everyone’s reach. The dashboards are going the same way as those for aircraft, with a single digital touchscreen replacing old, complicated dashboards with buttons and knobs. Electronic controls are becoming more widespread and provide accuracy and a gentle touch while optimising motor output. They have already taken a huge leap forwards in the last 10 years and halved consumption. Hybrid,

intelligent, silent and easily controlled yet powerful, motors took centre stage in Hall 2.2. of the Paris Boat Show. Everyone is aware that motor boating represents the vast majority of the international boating market. With new products being developed, the range has literally exploded in only a few years in order to meet the needs of all motor boat uses Fast launches are no longer the only stars in marinas and shows. They now face competition from a tidal wave of economic but increasingly refined trawlers and ultra-designer open boats. Even fishing and cruising boats have lost their austere looks. To keep the spotlight fixed firmly on them, launches have been overhauled and made a strong comeback at the 2013 Nautic Boat Show. At the show, we saw the return of the very chic English Sunseekers and the Italian Cranchis as well as an

assault on all fronts from French companies. France is the world leader for sailboats, boardsports and inflatables, and is currently working to achieve the same for motor boats. This was instantly obvious in Hall 4, where the Jeanneau range featured the recent Velasco 43 and Leader 38, the range exhibited by its subsidiary Prestige which is presenting a new 450, and Bénéteau’s range with its new MC models MC4 and MC5. The latter are witness to this assault aimed at conquering new markets and pushing aside the Italian, British and American competition. The hulls feature cutting-edge hydrodynamic technology (Air Step) and the design is by Nuvolari & Lenard, one of the most prestigious names in the super yacht world, The French revolution continues with Bénéteau. At the Nautic Boat Show it will unveiled a new generation of highly innovative open boats and small Flyer launches in order to support the massmarketed motor boat offensive.

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During the Beneteau Cup race.

Waves hello

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Anthony A Bernard recalls some memorable moments at sea. How did your interest in sailing start? I had always lived by the sea. In fact our back door actually led to a little rocky beach and we would spend our summer holidays constantly by or in the water. On my return from the UK where I had gone to specialise, I was determined to get close to the sea again. I had picked up a book about sailing at a jumble sale which explained the scientific background to the forces that act on sails and how they work. It was fascinating and having chartered boats on a couple of occasions I was hooked – so we decided to buy our own boat to put the theory into practice! It was also a great way of spending quality time with our family with five young sons who were soon pressed into service. When did you purchase your first boat and how did you gain sailing experience? Our first boat was a 34-foot Jeanneau

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which we purchased thanks to the expertise and advice of many friends, particularly Roland Darmanin Kissaun and Guzi Delceppo, whose extensive experience and know-how guided us through those uncharted waters. We got right down to doing the maintenance chores hands-on with some help. I remember the exhilaration of pushing off from the quay for the first time and getting moving powered solely by the wind with the help of my brother-in-law Nick Camilleri who was kind enough to give us the benefit of his practical sailing experience. We then did as much local cruising as we could, learning the ropes as we went, checking out the theory and trying it out on the water, giving our guests quite a start on occasion. What do you remember of your first long-distance sailing trip? We crossed over to Sicily accompanying

Guzi (k/a Willy) and nanna Guza Delceppo. Their enthusiasm was infectious and he and his very able sons had seen it all and were immensely helpful. We did a night crossing and as we were having problems with our VHF we were signalling across from one boat to the other using torches. Possibly this raised the suspicions of observing eyes and as we motor-sailed gently along in a pitch black night our senses were suddenly assaulted by the sound of high powered engines and a blinding white light. As our eyes acclimatised to the light we became aware of the presence of an Italian Guardia Costiera boat complete with armed sailors standing on the deck and a searchlight trained on us. When we had regained our composure, we gave them a friendly wave and they seemed to have been satisfied that we did not present any danger and they slipped back into the night as suddenly as they had appeared.

I enjoy cruising with the family and at the risk of sounding chauvinist, the ladies tend not to be enamoured of the stiff breeze, the surf in the hair and a nicely heeled boat, but it’s what the boys (and the boys at heart) really enjoy! We have participated in yacht races with the Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Beneteau Cup. It is good team building and immensely stimulating and satisfying. Our boat is not suited for the short round the cans races but we prefer the longer races and enjoy the races to Marzamemi in Sicily. It is great and very satisfying to see a well-executed manoeuvre through the coordination of all on board.

From left to right: Julian, Antonella, Andrew, Daniel and Jean Paul enjoying a day out at sea.

“We became aware of the presence of an Italian Guardia Costiera boat complete with armed sailors standing on the deck and a searchlight trained on us.” What is your favourite Mediterranean sailing destination and why? Siracusa must be our favourite destination as it fulfills the desires of the whole family some of which must get onto dry land after a day’s sailing, with the added benefit of some lovely restaurants and an excellent open air food market and shops. In the summer months there is a pleasant bustle of activity all along the quay and particularly in the balmy evenings as well as the lure of peace and tranquillity and the luxury of a good book in the quiet rocking boat under a protective sunshade during the day. What completes it is obviously the company youhave there. It is the essence of these trips which give you time to recharge your internal batteries especially at a time when my only hope of a break from a busy and demanding profession is to get away from it all.

Do you prefer sailing solo or in company? I certainly prefer sailing in company. In our earlier trips to Sicily we would ensure that we could pair up with another boat for company and to be able to lend assistance to one another should the need arise. That said, in certain situations you are unable to do very much. I remember another summer night crossing when out of a beautiful night and a bright full moon the rapid and increasing closing in of wind and cloud heralded the arrival of an unexpected squall. We quickly shortened sail and battened down the hatches and we were soon heeling right over in the blow and could only hold on until the rough patch passed. But then, isn’t that a lesson for life’s occasional buffeting when we need to dig deep to weather a storm? Do you sail competitively or you would rather cruise?

What boat do you currently sail? Our current boat is a Beneteau First 477. It was dubbed the “beach ball” when it made its debut but surprised many by its performance. It is a beautiful sail which naturally needs the help of some able-bodied crewmembers to sail well especially in a stiff breeze – therefore it’s not ideal for shorthanded sailing as we discovered on one triple-handed race around Gozo! It does have a wide beam and is good and spacious with a nice layout below deck. The typical sloop rig has a lazy bag and roller reefing headsail for cruising which is easily changed to the lighter, more delicate racing sails when necessary. It has proved to be extremely seaworthy and dependable as long as we maintain it properly. What are your most memorable sailing moments? One of our most memorable experiences was when we were surrounded by a large school of dolphins while cruising up the east coast of Sicily. They jumped all around us as though they were pleased or curious to see us – it is exhilarating to see these beautiful creatures so confident and trusting in their own environment. It certainly helps reaffirm our feeling that we should be protective of nature and that, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” On another occasion during a race we were using a furling genoa which was partly furled due to the stiff breeze. Just as we got into the south Comino

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Crew at the Marzamemi pontoon during a race weekend by the RMYC.

During a Vega race to the Vega oil platform off Pozzallo.

channel where the wind funnels through, the furling line tore and the full genoa was unfurled – we were pushed right over on our ear before we could head into the wind. We started drifting downwind and the big sea meant that the bowman was dunked several times before we got control of the situation and were quite damp at the end of it. Later on after the race was able to see the funny side over a drink or two.

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How would you rate boat facilities in Malta? I never cease to be amazed to see the way that the interest in boating has flourished and the packed marinas as a testament to this. From an uncommon and apparently eccentric slightly elitist sport it has really grown to a pastime within the reach of most people in one form or another. It is heartening to see the excellent opportunities that young sailors have at their disposal nowadays this will surely produce more excellent sailors and keep high our well deserved reputation in competitive sailing befitting a seafaring people who have made a virtue out of necessity.

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Decks appeal

Skipper heads to the horizon with a round-up of great accessories.

Back in time

Bean there

The vintage-style Weems and Plath time and tide clock is made of solid forged brass and is hand polished and lacquered, adding a classic nautical design to your boat.

Full charge

The Restore solar-powered electronics charger from Brunton is one of the most efficient and compact integrated solar charger available. It has a whopping 90 per cent power capture which means that you will be able to charge your smartphone or camera in no time. The Restore is also water resistant and includes mini and micro USB adapters.

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The Bodum Chambord shatterproof French press offers the purest coffee extraction, perfect for a postprandial treat.

Get organised

Keep all your gear organised thanks to the Grid-It organiser by Cocoon. Tuck all your gadgets and hand-held electronics into the rubberised elastic bands designed specifically to hold objects firmly in place.

Drink up

Reproductions of Asprey’s of London 1935 originals, these ship’s lantern cocktail shakers are handcrafted of silver nickel-plated brass and available in various colours. Nautical decor meets the cocktail hour.

To infinity and beyond

On May 24, 1962, Lt Commander Scott Carpenter orbited the earth three times aboard the Aurora 7 capsule. On his wrist was a Breitling Navitimer featuring a 24-hour graduation serving to distinguish day from a night – an absolute necessity in space. This space conquest pioneer joined the Breitling collections under the name Cosmonaute. Half a century after its first flight, the Navitimer Cosmonaute is pursuing its odyssey in a new and highly original version featuring a case in black steel created using a highly resistant carbon-based coating. The dial and counters of this high-performance chronograph are in the same black colour, enhanced by luminescent indications and small red hands.

Keep your cool

No drink is complete without that engaging tinkling of ice cubes. The Sunpentown portable ice maker will always keep you in fresh supply of ice and can make a batch of 12 ice cubes in just 10 minutes. Just fill it with water and it will do the rest.

Hands on

Keep your fingers cosy while tapping away at your touch screens with these ETIP gloves from The North Face. Made of form-fitting stretch knit, the ETIP gloves feature X-Static fabric at the tips of the index finger and thumb, allowing you agile operation of touch screen devices.

The Manufacture Breitling Caliber B02 features two key characteristics true to the original model: a manual winding system and a 24-hour display. The famous Navitimer circular slide rule enables pilots to perform the entire range of calculations relating to airborne navigation directly on the wrist. The engraved caseback bears the official Aurora 7 mission insignia. Issued in a numbered 1,000-piece limited series, the Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel is fitted with a black rubber strap further enhancing its tech-savvy, masculine appearance.

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hristmas cooking can be stressful if you’re doing it on firm land – but on a boat you want it to be as chilled out as possible. So go to your friendly fishmonger, buy yourself a whole side of salmon, pick up some fresh dill and lemons and make yourself an approximation of gravadlax. Serve cold or warm with some freshly baked or boiled new potatoes, which are so fresh at this time of year. Then open a bottle of chilled Pouilly-Fuissé and let the good times roll. Enjoy.

You need A whole side of salmon, skin on. Get the fishmonger to take out all the pin bones

Method Put the salmon on a large tray. Mix the salt, sugar and zest and rub the salmon all over with it. Leave to marinade overnight in a fridge.

2 tsp coarse sea salt. I like a flavoured one, say, with thyme

Rinse off the cure – this is very important as otherwise it will be very salty. Roast for around 20 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature with some more fresh dill scattered over and with the lemon wedges.

150g demerera sugar 1 lemon, zested for the oils and then served as wedges A small bunch of fresh dill for marinating, and more for serving

To prepare the potatoes, peel or rub, and then drizzle them copiously with good olive oil. You can also leave them with their skin on. You can add some crushed garlic and sea salt. Roast in the oven at the same time as the salmon, but in a separate dish. If you really want them to roast quickly, feel free to give them a quick boil, then drain of water and roast until the skin is crispy.

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For sale

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Beneteau Oceanis 40, 2010, very low hours, Yanmar 40hp. Three cabins, two heads, twin-wheel, immaculate condition, fully equipped with electronics. Available with pontoon berth at Ta’ Xbiex. Price: €145,000 ono. Owner: M: 7935 3530.

Beneteau Oceanis 411, 2001,1 x Volvo Penta 50hp. In excellent condition. Twin aft cabin with air conditioning, saloon and master cabin. Conversion is available for a further double berth in saloon. Price: €95,000 (inc. VAT). Boatcare Trading Ltd., T: 2138 8050, E:, W:

Atlantis 38, 2012, 2 x Volvo Penta D4 300hp. Two cabins with four berths and shared en-suite, galley in the saloon area with dinette conversion into a further double berth. Price: €275,000 (inc. VAT). Boatcare Trading Ltd., T: 2138 8050, E:, W:

Bavaria 37, 2000, Volvo MD2030 30hp. Traditional large aft cabin, head, and double fwd berth. Dinette and settees on the starboard side, with galley on port side. Price: €50,000 (inc. VAT). Boatcare Trading Ltd., T: 2138 8050, E:, W:

Elan 450 Custom, LOA: 45ft, 2008 model, 1 x 75 HP D2-75 Volvo Penta / S-Drive. Price: 295,000. S&D Yachts Ltd., T: 2133 1515, E:, W:

Dufour 365 Grand’Large, LOA: 36ft. Fully equipped for blue water cruising. 1 x 29 HP Volvo diesel engine w/saildrive. Price: €87,000. S&D Yachts Ltd., T: 2133 1515, E:, W:

Beneteau Oceanis 400, LOA: 40ft, 1994 model, fully equipped. 1 x 50HP Volvo Penta MD22L diesel engine. Price: €75,000. S&D Yachts Ltd., T: 2133 1515, E:, W:

Beneteau Ombrine 960, LOA: 32ft, 2002 model, excellent cruiser. 2 x 170 HP Volvo ZD turbo diesel DP. Price: €55,000. S&D Yachts Ltd., T: 2133 1515, E:, W:

Cranchi Atlantique 40, LOA: 40ft. Italian design, absolutely pristine. 2 x 370 HP Volvo Penta diesel engine with direct shaft. Price: €180,000. S&D Yachts Ltd., T: 2133 1515, E:, W:

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Sailing news

Skipper’s latest updates on the Rolex Sydney Hobart and the Volvo Ocean Race.

recently undergone structural changes designed to improve performance. She claimed line honours back in 2003. A fifth 100-ft yacht, the Farr 100 Zefiro, arrives all the way from Cyprus, one of a rich array of international entrants which includes Karl Kwok’s new 80-ft Beau Geste from Hong Kong. Kwok won the competition in 1997 with his Farr 49 of the same name. Yachts from Germany, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK complete the international line-up.


Going Dutch

The fourth team competing at the Volvo Ocean Race has been confirmed. Led by Volvo veteran Bouwe Bekking, the new team will be backed by a familiar name to this race: Brunel.


1: Black Jack buries the bow as she blasts south on the second day. Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi. 2: Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin Loyal passes beneath the cliffs of Tasman Island. Photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Down under

Impressive, international, competitive: the assorted fleet registered for the 69th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is destined to provide a spectacle befitting of the event’s colossal reputation. Only a few days remain before the Boxing Day start of the annual 628-nm ocean classic running from Sydney to Hobart and sponsored by Rolex since 2002. Event organisers Cruising Yacht Club of Australia have confirmed that 97 yachts are registered for the race including 22 international entrants, which when calculated as a proportion of the entire fleet, represents a race record. The tally of competitors should comfortably surpass 2012’s 76 race starters. Rarely has the front end of the fleet appeared so competitive. Six-time line honours winner and current race record holder Wild Oats XI, the 100-ft maxi owned by Bob Oatley and skippered by

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Mark Richards, again starts as the boat to beat for line honours. Wild Oats XI currently holds the race record, setting a fastest time of 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds in 2012. Over the past twelve months, the Wild Oats XI team has continued its longstanding quest to maximise the yacht’s speed potential. The revamped Wild Oats XI faces competition from three fellow 100-ft Australian maxis. Anthony Bell skippers Loyal, formerly Rambler 100. Making its long awaited Rolex Sydney Hobart debut, the yacht arrives with an unfilled reputation as the most potent racing maxi in the world. Ragamuffin, expertly skippered by Australian sailing legend Syd Fischer, 86 years young and with 44 Rolex Sydney Hobart races to his name, narrowly won line honours in 2011 under its guise as Bell’s Investec Loyal. The outside bet, Grant Wharington’s Wild Thing has

The news confirmed long running speculation that a Dutch team would be taking part in the next edition of the race and takes the current total number of teams to four. First to launch was Team SCA, the all-girl team that is currently training in Lanzarote. Next to be launched was the Chinese team Dongfeng with Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi and now Bouwe Bekking’s Brunel. Rumours suggest that there could be entries from Spain, New Zealand and the UK. Three more teams would take the fleet to seven and fit with the number of boats that Volvo are understood to have committed to build. For Bekking, this latest challenge from one of the world’s leading nautical nations is a chance to put the record straight having twice finished runner-up in an event that is part of Dutch sailing heritage having had three winners over the event’s 40 years. He will match the achievement of Swede Roger Nilson as the only man to have competed seven times in the race, nearly 30 years after his first attempt in 1985-86.


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