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Malta-Pozzallo Sette Giugno Regatta

Another Successfu Sette Giugno Regatta - Caption to photograph: Skippers, crews, race officers, young students from the "Giorgio La Pira" and sponsors' representatives following the briefing at the Clubhouse of the Lega Navale Italiana Sezione di Pozzallo prior the 'Sail Along the Pozzallo Coast'. (Photo: Patrick Genovese)

20 June 2017

This year’s five-day Sette Giugno Cruise to Pozzallo retained its traditional cheerful and enjoyable all-family relaxing sailing break. Since its introduction in 2013 the number of participants gradually increased from 9, 13, 15, 16 to 18 this year.
The Continental Malta-Pozzallo Sette Giugno Regatta organized annually by the Malta Cruising Club (MCC) since 2013 this year saw the introduction of Continental Tyres as title sponsors.

Participating boats took approximately 8 hours to cross to Pozzallo where they met with varying wind and sea conditions. Yet In the last 3 hours, the wind from the North West was a constant 10 Knots and the sea became even more calmer to give the participants a comfortable and pleasant sail all the way to Pozzallo.

A now traditional appointment in the Sette Giugno Regatta is the ‘Sail along the Pozzallo coast’. where each yacht host two young students from the nautical school Istituto di Istruzione Superiore "Giorgio La Pira" - Pozzallo. This is held with the cooperation of the Lega Navale Italiana Sezione di Pozzallo, with the Section’s President Ing. Luigi Tussellino acting as Race Officer on the day and also providing a committee and a safety boat.

The regatta along the Pozzallo coast was very competitive albeit a friendly one. Notwithstanding the light wind conditions (about 7 to 8 knots), the boats covered the 5 nautical miles course twice for a total of 10 nautical miles in just over an hour of very pleasant sailing.

Apart from the sailing aspect the nearly sixty MCC yachting community were hosted with transport arrangement on two occasions by the Comune di Pozzallo. On one occasion the group visited an agriturismo set-up in Frigintini and assisted in the production of ricotta, cheeses and home made bread. On the second occasion the group attended for the production of the famous Cioccolato di Modica and a sightseeing tour of Modica.

Present for the Farewell Fish Night Dinner were also Johann J. Cuschieri, Director of Standard Limited, Malta agents for Continental Tyres, as well as Dot Giovanni Palmeri and Michele Guarino from Palmeri Pneumatici of Continental Tyres in Catania. Part of the Event’s sponsorship was used to subsidize the participants’ berthing fees and the cost of the Farewell Dinner.

A pleasant Sette Giugno Regatta ended with a delightful trip back home - Flat seas with a constant 8 knots of North-West wind and a very favourable sea current of 1 knot almost throughout the whole 51 nautical miles between Pozzallo and Malta. Yes, it was a relatively fast crossing where most boats took 7 hours or less to cross over.

Overall it was a very successful 5 days of activities in Pozzallo enjoyed by all participating skippers and their crew.