Isomat Unica clinches Raymarine Double Handed Figure

Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 13:53

Isomat Unica clinches Raymarine Double Handed Figure of Eight Race title 

Gavin Muscat

Isomat Unica, skippered by Jamie Sammut and John Cachia, is the name to be etched on the coveted trophy of the Raymarine Double Handed Figure of Eight Race which took place over the weekend.

The 80 nautical mile race, is considered to be one of the toughest on the Royal Malta Yacht Club Racing Calendar however its popularity, over the years, certainly hasn’t diminished. It is now in its twenty second year.

Though early forecasts showed little wind and the original course seemed under threat, luck was on the crews’ side as Saturday dawned with improved conditions for the race to take place as originally planned.  Crews left Marsamxett Harbour, sailing onto the Outer Munxar Cardinal Mark heading towards the South of Malta onto Filfla and up to the North Comino Channel, going round Gozo and heading back to Malta finishing at the Royal Malta Yacht Club.

Once San Dimitri Point in Gozo was passed it became clear that a battle between Isomat Unica and Elusive II BOV, skippered by Aaron and Christoph Podesta, was going to ensue since the Podesta siblings were consistently ahead of Sammut and Cachia.   This close position was kept throughout the race with Elusive II BOV being the first boat across the finish line. It was however, the wind veering slightly to the north east just past Portomaso which gave Isomat Unica an advantage enabling them to clinch first place 1 minute 45 seconds, on corrected time ahead, of Elusive II BOV.

“Being just two people on board makes it tougher. Margin of error has to be low and therefore the key to do well is to balance being conservative yet at the same time being economical in terms of time to carry out manoeuvres”, commented Jamie Sammut (Isomat Unica) further reiterating the difficulty of the course.   “This race is very tiring – mentally and physically, and being in synch with your team mate is key to achieving a satisfactory result. My team mate John Cachia and I were kept on our toes throughout the whole race”.

A Prize Giving ceremony was hosted by RLR Yachting, agents of Raymarine products, at the Royal Malta Yacht Club in the presence of crews, families and friends. Prizes were kindly donated by RLR Yachting and consisted of Raymarine equipment as well as technical sailing gear. Prize Giving was presided by Royal Malta Yacht Club’s Vice Commodore and Race Officer Mark Napier, whilst prizes were presented by Mrs. Dora Ripard.

The Club is grateful towards RLR Yachting for the constant support they give to the Club’s initiatives. A big thank you goes also to the volunteers who ensure that such races take place!

Raymarine Double Handed Figure of Eight Race Results 
-IRC Racer 1 Class
1st Place -  Isomat Unica – Jamie Sammut / John Cachia
2nd Place – Elusive II BOV – Christoph Podesta / Aaron Podesta
3rd Place -  Ton Ton – Jonathan Gambin / Greg Mifsud

-IRC Racer 2 Class
1st Place – Fast Forward – Mark Vassallo / David Anastasi
2nd Place – Pep – Peter Valentino / Jan Rossi
3rd Place – Lightning – Alfie Manduca / Matthew Farrugia

-IRC Cruisers Class
1st Place -  Manana – Peter Ellul Vincenti / Fabio Galea
2nd Place – Lartista – Anton Calleja / Renato Camilleri

-RMYC Cruisers Class
1st Place -  Escape  – Georges Bonello Dupuis /Tom Bonello Ghio

-Overall Winner 
Isomat Unica – Jamie Sammut / John Cachia

soma Unica crewed by Jamie Sammut and John Cachia win coveted Raymarine Double Handed Figure of Eight Race (Photo Credit: RMYC)

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