Ottovolante skippered by John Cachia West wins Camilleri Marine Ragusa Weekend Trophy

Ottovolante, skippered by John Cachia West, lifted the Camilleri Marine Ragusa Weekend trophy on the weekend at a prize-giving held at the Royal Malta Yacht Club.

The Camilleri Marine Ragusa Weekend brought together a varied fleet of racers and cruisers who enjoyed two passage races, to and from Ragusa. 

Whilst both races were marked with light winds, the race to Ragusa saw better conditions as the fleet made its way slowly out of Marsamxett Harbour.  The first to start exiting the harbour mouth in a small group were Ottovolante, Juniper (Brian Flahive), Sailaway (Ray Schembri), Geisha (Stefan Debattista) and Corona (Luis Azzopardi/Sara Baldwin).  

The first to arrive in Ragusa was Corona, followed shortly by Jubatus and Ottovolante, however, with ratings coming into play, Ottovolante took the win, followed by Jubatus and Corona.  The IRC Cruising Class saw Godwin Zammit’s Inspiration, win the leg, followed by Simon Xuereb’s Spirit of the Wind and Kevin Pisani Zammit’s Dimm.

The return home to Malta was equally challenging, with far flat seas and very little wind. As the fleet struggled to leave Porto Turistico Marina di Ragusa, it was evident that the race home would be a challenging one, resulting in quite a few boats retiring. Ottovolante, prevailed once again to the the win on corrected time, followed by Geisha and Dimm, the latter also being the first in the IRC Cruisers’ Class. 

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Considering the results of both races, the overall outcome showed Ottovolante as the winner, followed by Geisha and Jubatus. In the Cruisers’ category, the top three boats were Inspiration, Dimm and Janissah (Mario Debono).

Prizes, donated by Camilleri Marine consisted of a RescueMe PLB3, an Arimar Folding Tender, Sigma Inflatable Lifejackets and several Lalizas Jockey Hats. They were presented to the winners by Mr Kenneth Camilleri, Managing Director, Camilleri Marine.

The Club thanked Camilleri Marine for its generous support and the Porto Turistico Marina di Ragusa for offering a free night of berthing to the fleet. Thanks also went to the volunteers who undertook Race Management duties Martin Azzopardi, Michelle Caruana, Alana Meadows, Mark Napier and Neity Maddock.

The next offshore race on the Royal Malta Yacht Club’s calendar will be the 64th Malta-Syracuse Race, which is co-hosted by the Lega Navale Italiana (Siracusa). This race is one of the oldest races in the Mediterranean, this year will start from Malta on the 12th of July.

Camilleri Marine Ragusa Weekend Results
1st Ottovolante (John Cachia West)
2nd Geisha (Stefan Debattista)
3rd Jubatus (Sean Borg)
Class Prizes
IRC 1 Jubatus (Sean Borg)
IRC 2 Ottovolante (John Cachia West)
IRC Cruisers
1st Inspiration (Godwin Zammit)
2nd Dimm (Kevin Pisani Zammit)
3rd Janissah (Mario Debono)

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