Inauguration of Year of Malta in Saint Tropez
It was a record fleet of 25 yachts that left the famous fashionable City of Saint Tropez last Saturday, 22 of June 2013. This fleet will reach Malta on the 1st of July 2013 and was the twelfth edition of the regatta which has now become a permanent event in yacht racing in the Mediterranean.
The flagship of the race this year is the magnificent yacht L’Atlantic (pictured). This race is named after the Bailli de Suffren who was the Bailiff of the Order of Malta in the eighteenth century.
This race also inaugurated the Year of Malta in Saint Tropez. Present for this inauguration were the Ambassador of Malta, H.E. Pierre Clive Agius, The mayor of Birgu, H.L. Mr. John Boxall, Mr. Anthony Gellel, Councilor of Birgu local Council and Mr. Claude Zammit Trevisan, MTA Marketing Manager MTA in France. Saint Tropez was represented by Mr. Jean-Pierre Tuveri, the Mayor, Mme. Mirelle Peirano, the Vice-President of the Region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur and Mr. Claude Berard First Deputy Mayor of Saint Tropez.
Several activities promoting Maltese tourism and Maltese culture will be held throughout the year. One of the main events will be a concert by Joseph Calleja on the 22nd of July during a gala evening in honour of Malta. This will be followed by a concert with another event, this time by the well-known Maltese guitarist Simon Schembri. This concert is being organised by the Embassy of Malta in Paris.
The highlight of the year will be an exhibition, early in September, of selected pieces of armour of the Knights of Malta from the Armoury of Malta. This exhibition is being organised by the City of Saint Tropez and the Embassy of Malta in cooperation with Heritage Malta.
Throughout the years, excellent relations have been built with Saint Tropez which, in November of last year, lead to the signing of an agreement between the Ports of the City of Saint Tropez and Birgu – Cittá Vittoriosa.
A clip on the event held in Saint Tropez can be viewed here: