Dear Friends and Supporters... Unfortunately today is Thursday and yesterday was not just a bad dream but reality, a reality that Benji and I have to accept. Even though the World Championships are not yet over, the 5 Olympic spots that 17 nations were fighting for have been taken. Bermuda, Japan, Greece, Canada and Italy have qualified for London 2012. The pain of failing to make the grade was particularly severe since we were the next in line. We came 6th out of the 17 nations bidding...Read more
DAY http://kelleycannonevents.com/cialis-online-samples 3 Although we are one spot from qualifying, and with this buy viagra today being a crucial day, our boys are still brimming with confidence and courage. In fact they have good reason to; if you take the results up to now Malta is 17th nation out of the 32 nations represented in this 49er World Championship. If this were to have been the only qualifying event for Olympics 2012 then we would be with the qualifying nations. The reason is that Malta is currently beating nations that had already qualified in Perth in December. That's how close they are!!! Anyway we can't be looking back, we have to look...Read more
Day 2Racing is now over and held on a beautiful day with a steady nw'ly 8-10 knots of breeze. The racing was perfect and intensely exciting. Our boys had a mixed set of results with a 17th in race 4, a 6th in race 5 and an 11th in race 6. This leaves them 27th out of 74 in the fleet. More importantly it puts them in 6th place out of 17 nations trying to qualify. The trouble is that there are only 5 places available. Of the nations looking to qualify the leaders are; Bermuda followed by Japan, Italy, Canada, Greece and Malta. We are not there yet and everything will depend on tomorrows' racing. Following hot on our heels are Russia, Uruguay and Chile.It is riveting stuff with nail biting moments seeing these superfast skiffs screaming downwind, crossing gibes with inches to...Read more
Day cialis 2 Our boys have been drawn in the Yellow Group today and will face a mixture of already qualified nations and, more importantly a number of the nations attempting to qualify. In order of importance the nations yet http://mnbiofuels.org/cialis-online-drugstore to qualify in their group will be; Italy, Canada, Russia, Virgin Islands, Uruguay and Estonia. Of course there is a...Read more
By J Ripard: We have just come off the water at the end of the first day of racing. Our boys were randomly placed in the red group and their 3 races were held, similarly for the other 2 groups. The weather was rather light and shifty, making it quite difficult. The boys finished 3rd in Race 1, 17th in Race 2 and 10th in Race here 3. The racing was close and exciting and although this placing on average is quite good they have to compete with 17 nations all competing for the 5 qualifier spots available; and since this is the 49er World Championship event all sailors are vying for the top spot. So the competition is intense and our boys are clearly up to it. After Day 3, assuming the planned 9 races are held, the...Read more
Awesome day in Hyeres. We went out for just one race in 20-25kts, it was wild. Everyone capsizing but we managed to stay upright and finished 2nd. So we have qualified for Gold Fleet and are lying 21st which makes us 3rd out of the countries fighting for the remaining 5 spots at the Games. Standings amongst the countries that need to...Read more
Two Men’s Race to the Olympics
We are Sebastian Ripard and Benji Borg: Two young Maltese sailors with a common dream…Gold at the Olympics. Our discipline; Sailing. Our choice of Weapon; 49er. This Website will tell you who we are, what we are about and how we plan on getting there.
When Seb and Benji started sailing the 49er together, they had one united goal: Olympic success. Fiercely ambitious and dedicated, they are training hard both on and off the water to realise their dream. Sailing the 49er involves a commitment by the sailor to immerse himself fully in a relationship with the sea, the wind, the boat and his crew mate. The sport demands 100% of their attention 100% of the time, and both have made considerable sacrifices to achieve their ambition.
Steeped in a rich seafaring history, with sea conditions, winds and temperate winters, Malta remains one of the best locations in the world to sail. This little known island provides the ideal training setting, whilst the environment is still relatively unknown. Malta is the ideal location for international training camps and events and Seb and Benji are working hard to put Malta on the sailing Map with help from fellow compatriots. Alongside winning Gold at the Olympics, it is the team’s goal to see the role of Malta rise within the international sailing community and placed firmly on the map forever.