Sailing: Synergies tested in PV-IES Double Handed Sailing Race

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 14:06


The PV-IES Double Handed Race was a testing day on the water for any sailor yet it is an opportunity to assess their capabilities under pressure. Double Handed Racing was about pushing one’s stamina to the limits as there is no time for any breathing space.

Whilst a few crews opted to go for the traditional set–up of skipper and crew, in general both crew members choose to be co-skippers. By contrast, a fully crewed boat can come to a decision based on consensus whereas double-handers need to have a system in place to deal with a difference of opinion otherwise this can lead to friction within the team.

The PV-IES Double Handed Round Malta race started the race from Marsamxett Harbour on Saturday morning at 8:55am and depending on weather conditions on the day, the Race Officer decided whether crews were heading South round Malta or sail North to go round Comino. Either way, in both instances crews were required to return to Marsamxett Harbour in time for the midnight time limit.

This year’s Race was welcoming most of the crews who took part in last year’s edition as well as some new faces on the scene who were all determined to challenge the tough course.

“Once again we are very proud to be supporting the Royal Malta Yacht Club with our marine and residential solar panels. If last year is anything to go by with, the race will see some very competitive racing amongst the crews aiming to win some of the innovative prizes that are being offered” said Janice Borg, Marketing Executive, Island Engineering Services.


PV-IES Double Handed Round Malta Race Results

Overall & IRC Class 1

1st Place Lartista Anton Calleja/Renato Camilleri
2nd Place Seawolf of Southampton David Latham/Tobias Roth
3rd Place Aziza Dmitry Kondratyev/ Alexander Grudnin 

IRC Class 2

1st Place Xpresso Sean Borg / Paul Borg Cardona
2nd Place Xp-Act Barry Hurley/Josef Schultheis
3rd Place Otra Vez Aaron & Edward Gatt Floridia

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