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Returning to Malta feels like our third home. Everything is familiar offering a lot of variety in the grocery stores, restaurants, marine chandlery and hardware stores galore!

First on the agenda was the celebration of our friend Seiji’s 81st birthday and three nights of dining is some fabulous restaurants. The second night there were 12 of us seated a rooftop terrace in the ancient city of Mdina enjoying Arabic cuisine as the Super Moon rose above the walls of the citadel. A truly magical evening!

Birthday party at Royal Malta Yacht Club

Birthday party at Royal Malta Yacht Club

Our good friends, John and Amanda, left Seattle in March 2015 and sailed down the west coast of the USA, through the Panama Canal, into the Caribbean, across the Atlantic to the Azores, up to Scotland and finally crossing to Sweden in late September on their Hallberg-Rassy 46, Mahina Tiare. 

John & Amanda

John & Amanda

They decided to take a flight from Sweden to Malta for a visit and to see
a small part of the Mediterranean. In-between sight seeing, sailing, swimming, bicycling, hiking, and jogging they helped me with varnish. Amanda gave Roland some pointers on going up the mast, which is a task he never looks forward to. So while he is inspecting the first spreader, he hears a noise and looks around to see Amanda sitting on the opposite spreader. She had just free climbed up the stays as John was making monkey noises from the cockpit. It was a busy week and so wonderful to spend time with them.

Roland & Amanda

Roland & Amanda

The next day Bella Luna came out of the water at 0730 at Manoel Island Yacht Yard.

Art and Karen arrived from Fort Lauderdale. They use to own a Hallberg-Rassy 46 and later a HR54 and had spent a lot of time in Malta so came for a short visit and to spend time in one of their favorite places.

Bella Luna now has her winter cover on which ends our cruising for this season. Our return to Sweden was chilly at 5c.

Bella ready for the winter

Bella ready for the winter


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MALTA — 6 Comments

  1. Roland and Vickie, Thanks for keeping the blog. I do enjoy reading it along with your maintenance tips. Great photo of Roland and Amanda up the rig. Have to say Roland doesn’t look quite at home there as Amanda. John Albertine

    • Hi John and nice to hear from you. It was quite comical to see Roland’s reaction when he looked over and saw Amanda next to him. I thought he would leap out of his chair but he immediately was more relaxed. All the best to you and your family! Vickie and Roland

  2. Looks like He has a good helper with great experience. I think you really have to know what you are doing. How long will you be in Sweden?

  3. Hey Vickie, its Leslie Akins in Spokane. Have loved following your blog all summer. John and I admire your adventurous spirit. Life for us is pretty dull with work. Hot, hot summer has helped John make extra sprinkler $$ so we are finally heading to Hawaii for a week next Friday. A few of us SJ girls had a get together at SJ tavern in Aug. that was fun to reconnect. Let us know when you are in the area and I will call the girls. Maybe we can meet Roland too!

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