Archive for June, 2011

Superyacht – Times of Malta

June 23, 2011

Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

The 66-metre super sloop Aglaia basked in the sun at Grand Harbour yesterday. Designed by Dubois Naval Architects, it was delivered to its owner this spring. The Aglaia is shrouded in secrecy; no details have been revealed by anyone involved. What is known is that it has one of the largest composite rudders ever made, constructed by Green Marine.

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A Coast to Boast About – Times of Malta

June 20, 2011

Photo: Mario Galea/MTA

Gozo has been named one of the best 10 destinations among 50 chosen by a jury that evaluated 500 coastal regions in nine southern European countries.

This was announced during the Quality Coast 2011 – Southern European Top 50 awards ceremony in Kouklia, Cyprus.

Gozo Minister Giovanna Debono was presented with a certificate, which, she said, would serve as a means to advertise Gozo as a tourist destination.

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Custom Made Carpets and Mats

June 14, 2011



77 Great Estates surrounds itself with excellent partners.

One of them supplies bespoke printed high quality floor mats, which may promote a business or brand and are ideal for any advertising.  They are machine washable so also perfect for the home, especially as personalized door mats  – as entrance mats they are great dirt catchers helping to keep your property clean – children’s play mats or even pet beds!

They are also ideal for boats, providing protection to one’s craft – they even have rubber galley mats so preventing slipping when cooking.

Their aim is to put your ideas and designs on the floor, not only as mats but also carpeting for exhibitions, graphic vinyl flooring and long runners for Red Carpet Events.  They can also supply handmade rugs and wall coverings to one’s requirements.

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Furnibo, Jolly Drive win in Malta – Article from Times of Malta

June 13, 2011

Jolly Drive on their way to winning the second round of the Malta Ocean Grand Prix, yesterday. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

It was to be a war of attrition as the boats lined up for the second round of the UIM Malta Ocean Grand Prix, yesterday.

With teams battling sweltering heat and rough waters, the result was adrenaline-fuelled racing from start to finish in both the Evo and SuperSport classes.

In SuperSport, the FPT-powered Jolly Drive boat, of Federico Montanari, Alfredo Zanardo and Giambattista Gabriele, took early command, gaining traction off the line and leading their rivals at the first turn.

Despite a rather slow start, fellow Italians Karelpiu kept the pressure, closing the gap on the lead boat.

The lead then changed hands five times before Karelpiu forged ahead and the race win looked a formality at the half-way stage.

However, this is endurance racing and with the chequered flag almost in sight, driver Giuseppe Schiano di Cola fainted at the wheel, overcome with heat ex-haustion.

With his Fountain boat at a standstill it opened the door to Jolly Drive to take the win although the Valletta Ocean Grand Prix crown was won by Karelpiu who had secured victory in Saturday’s race.

Di Cola recovered swiftly following prompt attention from medics.

The close-fought action continued in the Evo class with Furnibo, piloted by Pierre Colpin and Frank Hemelaar, taking another scintillating win to claim the Grand Prix victory.

The Belgium team had fought hard with Swedish-Americans Lucas Oil throughout, both boats trading the lead on numerous occasions.

The first four laps were nail-biting and a tight finish looked a certainty until Lucas Oils lost power in one engine and were forced to limp home as the German Searex team closed in.

Despite the Hercules Sagemann boat being hampered by ignition problems before the race – causing the team to start from the back of the field – Douglas Verbanck and Siegfried Greve kept a steady nerve to eventually finish the race in second place.

British boat Silverline, of Drew Langdon and Miles Jennings, was forced to retire on the first lap with a broken torque sensor, a disappointing end to their weekend racing.

Attention now turns to Rounds 3 and 4 of the UIM Ocean Grand Prix World Endurance Championship, which takes place in Den Helder, Holland, over the weekend of August 5-7.

Evo Class: 1. Furnibo 40; 2. Lucas Oil 28; 3. Hercules Sagemann 23; 4. Silverline 12.
SuperSport Class: 1. Karelpiu 36; 2. Jolly Drive 32; 3. SIF 12.

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