UNICA’S hat trick

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Unica Crew:

The So­laris Cup, since its in­cep­tion in 2014, brings to­gether So­laris own­ers from all over the world to race in the So­laris Cup.

Crews con­gre­gate at the Yacht Club Porto Ro­tondo in Sar­dinia for a week­end of rac­ing and one thing in com­mon – all own a So­laris yacht – the per­fect set­ting to see the en­tire So­laris range in ac­tion!

The So­laris Cup gen­er­ally at­tracts over 30 So­laris yachts that bring to­gether a good mix of pro­fes­sional and Corinthian crews.

For the third year in a row, Jamie Sam­mut’s Unica was on the fleet list and with it a per­sonal chal­lenge to re­tain the So­laris Cup and bring it home to Malta for the third year in a row.

Unica’s crew has proven to be a win­ning for­mula.

The ad­di­tion of Chris­tian Ri­pard – an in­ter­na­tional sailor with so many nau­ti­cal miles of rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence un­der his belt fur­ther com­ple­mented the de­ter­mined crew.

From the out­set, Unica was go­ing to be the yacht to beat. An­other So­laris 42 – Swiss Nau­tic Two was cer­tainly go­ing to ramp up their ef­forts hav­ing nar­rowly missed the Cup the pre­vi­ous year.

Added to the pres­sure that Swiss Nau­tic Two at­tempted to in­flict on Unica was that of a So­laris 50 – Paola 3, crewed by a host of Amer­ica’s Cup sailors. On the other hand Swiss Nau­tic Two chased Unica un­til the very end, rac­ing sec­onds away from each other un­til the very end – de­spite their valiant ef­forts, once again Swiss Nau­tic Two had to set­tle for sec­ond place.

“This year was def­i­nitely more com­pet­i­tive than pre­vi­ous years. Swiss Nau­tic Two was on our case hav­ing lost first place last year, whilst the skip­per of Paola 3 per­son­ally came up to me to chal­lenge me be­fore the start of the race – nat­u­rally this added some pres­sure es­pe­cially when one saw the cal­i­bre of the crew on board - hav­ing said that they fared much bet­ter in the Gi­raglia,” Jamie Sam­mut, Skip­per – Unica.

These races al­ways pro­vide un­for­get­table mo­ments – mo­ments such as the ca­ma­raderie on board and the so­cial as­pect of such events where all crews meet to have din­ner to­gether be­fore they start rac­ing are hard to de­scribe, but Jamie ex­plains that one of the best mo­ments af­ter the race was the sight­ing of a 40 foot whale – nearly as big as Unica, a mile away from the coast of Sar­dinia.

“We take this op­por­tu­nity to thank all those or­gan­i­sa­tions who sup­port us, namely Iso­mat, Endo Fuel, John­nie Walker, Master­volt, Veneziani Paints, Med­comms Ltd., Ma­noel Is­land Yacht Yard and Ac­tion Sails Malta”

With this ad­ven­ture well and truly over Unica will take a short break be­fore gear­ing up for the Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race in Oc­to­ber when it will be raced dou­ble handed by Jamie Sam­mut and John Cachia.

No rest for the wicked!

Jamie Sam­mut, John Cachia, Chris­tian Ri­pard, Alan Sam­mut, Nicky Sam­mut, Alex Sant Fournier, Joseph Vas­sallo, Michael Al­banozzo and Jeremy Grav­ina.

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