Elu­sive II makes it 2 in a row in the BOV Gozo re­gatta

Malta Independent - - SPORT / CLASSIFIEDS -

Elu­sive II is the over­all winner of the BOV Gozo Re­gatta 2016, fol­low­ing on their suc­cess in the same race in 2015.

The Podesta sib­lings Maya, Aaron and Christoph took the lead right from the start in the pas­sage race from the Grand Har­bour to Mgarr har­bour on the first day of rac­ing pip­ping ‘XPresso’ skip­pered by Sean Borg by just 2 sec­onds over the line, and go­ing on to win by a larger mar­gin on cor­rected time.

Rac­ing in IRC Class 1, ‘Elu­sive II’ made the most of the strong winds and very rough seas that char­ac­ter­ized the coastal races around Comino, win­ning both coastal races on Satur­day.

They also man­aged to win the last race of the series to win over­all with four firsts. David Anas­tasi, prin­ci­pal race of­fi­cer set the race course for this last race be­tween Mel­lieha bay and the fish farms off St Paul’s Bay, giv­ing com­peti­tors a lovely course in a good North westerly breeze.

In IRC Class II, ‘Light­ning’, with Al­fie Man­d­uca at the helm were un­stop­pable in their class while IRC Class 4 saw four of the five boats chal­leng­ing for the class win, with God­win Zam­mit’s ‘In­spi­ra­tion’ ahead of Iain Muir’s ‘Alma of Lyming­ton’ and Fer­di­nand Grech’s ‘Kon­tiki’

Charles Az­zopardi, Head PR and Mar­ket­ing at Bank of Val­letta pre­sented the BOV Gozo Re­gatta Tro­phy to Aaron Podesta dur­ing the of­fi­cial race pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony held at the Royal Malta Yacht Club.

‘Con­grat­u­la­tions to the crew of ‘Elu­sive II’ for their win and for be­ing the first boat to notch its name twice on this tro­phy,’ said Mr Az­zopardi. ‘The BOV Gozo Re­gatta has be­come a fix­ture in the lo­cal rac­ing cal­en­dar and this year’s vary­ing weather tested the crews’ ver­sa­til­ity in dif­fer­ent sea con­di­tions.’

Bank of Val­letta’s Charles Az­zopardi, left, presents the tro­phy to Aaron Podesta at the Royal Malta Yacht Club

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