Aegean Rally

A race lost in translation The Nisida crew were expecting sun, sand and sangria, but the Aegean Rally wanted more from its entrants. What do you expect from a rally? A bit of gentle sailing, nothing too energetic, lots of sun, sand and sangria? Hmm. Well, we did get a [...]

Aegean Rally2019-08-22T10:14:34+00:00

Caribbean 600

Stunning New Race "There's a brand new RORC Race" said Peter Hopps in the club bar. "600 miles round the Caribbean. Nisida's entering." "Hmmm" I thought. "Warm weather sailing... regatta day racing is fun and exciting, but this is the chance to keep on sailing for a few days through [...]

Caribbean 6002019-08-25T20:49:18+00:00

Caribbean Rum and Racing

The welcoming first rum punch Peter made the rum punch while Hilary showed us round Nisida. While we inspected our quarters, Peter mixed the carefully measured proportions - one of sour, 2 of sweet, 3 of strong, 4 of weak. A delicious welcome to the Caribbean, the first of many [...]

Caribbean Rum and Racing2019-08-22T09:59:35+00:00

Nisida – Our previous boat

We bought Nisida in September 2005 and between then and when we sold her last year we have sailed and raced thousands of miles and done some interesting races. We did Rolex Middle Sea Race every year from 2005 to 2011; in that time we won Class 1 in the [...]

Nisida – Our previous boat2019-08-25T21:26:59+00:00

Clinton’s Transatlantic

Clinton Spiteri has recently returned from a trans-atlantic crossing aboard the GY51 sailboat, Nisida of Hamble skippered by sailing veteran Peter Hopps. The journey was a delivery of Nisida back to Europe following the close of the Caribbean sailing season that features the famous British Virgin Islands (BVI) Spring Regatta as well as Antigua [...]

Clinton’s Transatlantic2019-08-22T10:00:04+00:00

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