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From Spain to Malta

Nisda set sail from Alemerimar in Spain to Malta on 3rd October 2009 with a crew of 8. For one of the crew, Claude Zammit, this 860 mile journey was to be his first big trip at sea as well the first time he had arrived at in the manner [...]

From Spain to Malta2019-08-22T10:00:25+00:00

Fastnet 2009

A sail, barely visible on the horizon, in an otherwise empty sea about 30 miles south of the Fastnet Rock, is gradually becoming clearer as we draw closer on the downwind leg from Pantaenious buoy to the Scillies. Grey cloud gradually lifts as we overhaul her bit by bit, and [...]

Fastnet 20092019-08-22T10:00:33+00:00

Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) Race 2009

The 270 mile race round the south of Ireland from Dublin to Dingle is held every two years - alternating with the Round Ireland race. We were hugely fortunate this to have an Irish charter for Nisida and to take part in this race for the first time. We were [...]

Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) Race 20092019-08-22T10:00:42+00:00

Cowes Week 2009

Of all the events comprising England's social season - including Henley, Royal Ascot and Wimbledon - only Cowes Week allows you actually to take part rather than just be a spectator. Indeed the spectating at Cowes must be very dull, while hurtling round a Solent jam packed with racing yachts [...]

Cowes Week 20092019-08-22T10:00:53+00:00

Rolex Middle Sea race 2009

This year's Middle Sea Race - our 6th - proved as challenging as ever. Printed below are the emails sent to the LCSC discussion group with our preview and postview of what is always a fabulous race. Nisida off on the Rolex Middle Sea Race We arrived in Malta last [...]

Rolex Middle Sea race 20092019-08-22T10:01:03+00:00

The Giraglia Rolex Cup 2008

Fireworks set to music in the St Tropez citadel Imagine an event which was part Cowes Week, part Fastnet - 3 days inshore racing followed by a 240 mile offshore race. Then that the Cowes Week part was set in St Tropez, with all its associated attractions, and [...]

The Giraglia Rolex Cup 20082019-08-22T10:01:15+00:00

ARC 2008 – Diary of a Transatlantic Race

We entered Nisida into the 2008 ARC from Gran Canaria to St Lucia - her second with us and her fourth ever. On board we had a crew of 9 including 5 people who'd never raced on her before. Inevitably this meant we started slowly, but it's a long race, [...]

ARC 2008 – Diary of a Transatlantic Race2019-08-22T10:01:25+00:00

Middle Sea Report, 24th October 2007

MORE STEADFAST CREWS ARRIVE BACK IN MALTA Report as appeared on The official middle Sea website at: http://www.rolexmiddlesearace.com/news/index.cfm?ID=137. By 7AM this morning five more yachts had crossed the finish line of the 28th Rolex Middle Sea Race. British yacht Nisida led the minor charge finishing just before midnight, whilst Martin Scicluna's Air [...]

Middle Sea Report, 24th October 20072019-08-22T10:01:36+00:00

Fastnet 2007

In case of inclement weather, take porridge and a Shetlander The 2005 Fastnet, my first, saw us drifting aimlessly in the Irish Sea watching dolphins and improving our suntans. Not what you hope for when you sign up for one of the world's classic yacht races. Cowes Week this year [...]

Fastnet 20072019-08-22T10:01:45+00:00

Rolex Middle Sea race 2007

If you thought the Fastnet was fun, you should try this one Also see the report as appeared on The official Rolex middle Sea website on 24th October 2007. We first competed in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, a 600 mile race from Malta around Sicily and outlying islands, three years ago [...]

Rolex Middle Sea race 20072019-08-22T10:02:00+00:00