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18 November 2016
The Falcon has landed in the sunnier climes of the North Caribbean after a swift fuel efficient crossing under sail. We have travelled a total of 4971nm with the weather on our side; it was a blissful experience.
We were lucky enough to witness the "Super Moon" the first one since 1948 bigger and brighter in the sky than usual, just incredible! The closer we sailed to the Caribbean the more flying fish we saw, it became quite routine to wake up early in the morning and see a fish or two on the aft deck. Having arrived late night Tuesday, 15th most crew were keen to wake up early to see the sunrise over the picturesque island of St Maarten.
07 November 2016
The Falcon has set sail for a winter in the Caribbean. We have travelled over 1590nm so far, only another 3500nm to go until we arrive in St Maarten. We started our journey in Athens passing Italy via a quick pit stop in Gibraltar to fuel up and carry on through past Madeira heading south-west. Everyone is excited and getting ready for Antigua Charter Show. The crossing started off with some fairly rough seas and now all seems to have calmed down with a good weather window. We have had incredible sunsets and the stars light up the night sky ever so brightly. During the day pods of dolphins have been swimming around the bow enjoying the crew taking lots of pictures of them. Currently admiring a beautiful rainbow stretched right across the stern while we sail into the sunset!
29 September 2016
It’s been a busy couple of months and the Falcon takes a short break to fluff her feathers in preparation for the Monaco Yacht Show.
A new location for us that we consider a great find with fantastic facilities and people, we are welcomed like old friends and have been looked after very well.
Composite works in Collaboration with Nuovi Cantieri Apuania. Were sorry to be leaving..
25th August 2016
The name derives from Greek word Kapros and the Latin word Caprae, somehow associated with wild boar and goats apparently.
11th August 2016
This place needs no introduction, an old haunt that the Falcon and many other yachts returns to again and again and it still wow’s everyone with the absolute style and beauty of the place.
9th August 2016
The beautiful island of Nea Kameni, also known as the Santorini is a volcanic island at the centre of the impressive Santorini caldera.
Nea Kameni was formed around 1570 after a series of volcanic eruptions. Kameni is surrounded by warm dark waters which are known for their therapeutic benefits. We took Falcon for a spa treatment – no feedback received as of yet!
25th July 2016
One of our intrepid guests decides to go aloft for a birds eye view.!
22th July 2016
Great guest aboard and we head down Corsica’s stunning West coast for an overnight stopover at Girolata and the famous red rocks before exploring more of the West coast as we head South.
The West Coast of Corsica is beautiful but mariners need to keep an eye on the weather. When the Mistral blows, you want to know a couple of days ahead of time. Not much protection to be had on this coastline.
17th July 2016
Mid July Falcon returns to Antibes for preparations before our next charter, we like Antibes and the yachting infrastructure here is a well-oiled machine.
14th July 2016
Mid July and were back in Monaco, always a pleasure to be back in the Principality with some very old and dear friends.
6th July 2016
Early July the Maltese Falcon cruises Bonifacio Straits and whilst there spends a night alongside in Bonfacio harbour, interesting manoeuvring, not much traffic when we entered but was a little crazy when we departed. A must see harbour with stunning views.
26th June 2016
Maltese Falcon departs Mykonos bound for Monaco where she will be hosting some of the industry’s leading brokers for lunch and afternoon cocktails on order to showcase the recent improvements and upgrades on Friday 1st July
Weather forecast for the trip is good and we expect to arrive safe and sound by Thursday.
24th June 2016
Following the trip from Malta the Falcon berthed in Faliro Marina in Athens for final preparations for the 2016 season, it was busy and exciting time.
On deck over and above the routine maintenance and various upgrades the most exciting of which was the facelift on both tenders which included the new engines and wiring, new chart plotters, all the cushions were replaced and new stereo equipment was installed, the tenders are ready to go.
The interior of the Falcon was treated to some exciting new upgrades too, the four guest cabins saw new carpets laid and new televisions screens fitted throughout, the old atrium has been converted into a spa area with a dedicated massage table. The main saloon had new carpets and lighting upgrade as were the overhead lights in the guest cabin passageway and writing room. The bridge deck VIP cabin improvements included new curtains and fitted carpets.
The extensive upgrades that have been carried out to the Falcons existing AV system has ensured an enhanced audio visual experience throughout.
The stewardess team is especially happy with all the new table decorations that have been added to complement the existing inventory for more stunning table settings, the addition of a qualified massage therapist and all the improvements made are testament to the commitment the Maltese Falcon has is in remaining one of the leading charter yachts in the fleet.
The Owners, Captain and Crew look forward to welcoming our valued charter guests and friends aboard again this summer.
17th June 2016
The announcement below was circulated by Nigell Burgess charter department internationally.
After a long and happy association with MALTESE FALCON, which stems as far back as the build period, Captain Robert Bell is stepping down from his command. We would like to thank Captain Robert for his commitment and success in delivering outstanding memories to all those participating in the Falcon program.
Marking the start of an exciting new era, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Louis Rich as Captain of MALTESE FALCON.
Captain Louis has over 30 years experience in the industry and has built an outstanding reputation among all that have worked with him. After
commanding some of the most prestigious yachts in the world including LIONHEART, ALFA NERO and ROSEHEARTY, he now takes on his most exciting challenge yet. Captain Louis leads a world-class crew who, together, will ensure your clients have the charter of a lifetime aboard MALTESE FALCON.
9th and 10th June 2016
All the hard work pays off, the Falcon went out for a two day photoshoot off Athens which was a great success, thanks to everyone’s cooperation and hard work.
Tender and Falcon
6th June 2016
15th April 2016
We sailed to Monemvasia with the following statistics:
We wintered in Malta and completed our 10 year survey
and in March the bird was ready to fly again. We were sad to
say goodbye, so we took a few pictures to remember our
departure from this photogenic island.
We were still in the shipyard When the Her majesty the Queen Elisabeth the II visited Malta in November 2015, and she was welcomed at Fort St Angelo for the reopening after restoration
Monemvasia is a town on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese. Its area consists mostly of a large plateau some 100 metres above
sea level, and is the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The town walls and many Byzantine churches remain from the medieval period. The town's
name derives from two Greek words, mone and emvasia, meaning "single entrance". Its Italian form is, Malvasia.
Monemvasia's nickname is the Gibraltar of the East or The Rock.
The island of Monemvasia was separated from the mainland by an earthquake in 375 AD. The rock may have been the site of a Minoan trading post.
Pausanias, the renowned Greek traveler and geographer, referred to the site as "Akra Minoa", which translates to "Minoan Promontory". From the 10th century AD, the town
developed into an important trade and maritime center. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453 it became the only remaining domain of the Despot of the Morea, Thomas Palaiologos,
claimant of the Imperial throne. He had no forces to defend it; he offered it to the Sultan, and finally sold it to the Pope.
By 1464 the inhabitants admitted a Venetian garrison. The rock was governed by the Venetians until the treaty of 1540, which cost the
Republic Nauplia and Monemvasia, her last two possessions on mainland Greece
10th April 2016
We dropped of our last charter in Malta in October 2015, and remained on the island to get our red stripes at the dry dock
Fort Saint Angelo (Maltese: Forti Sant'Anġlu or Fortizza Sant'Anġlu) is a large bastioned fort in Birgu, Malta,
located at the centre of the Grand Harbour. The fort was originally a castle, and its date of construction is not known.
It definitely existed by the 13th century, and in the Middle Ages it was known as the Castrum Maris. It was rebuilt by the
Order of Saint John as Fort Saint Angelo in the 16th and 17th centuries,
and it played an important role in the Great Siege of Malta of 1565. The fort was then used by the British as a stone frigate,
and was known as HMS Egmont or later HMS St Angelo.
17th July 2015
After a little over 6 months in our berth in Greece the season has started.
We left Greece on June the 18th and arrived in the seaside town of Budva in Montenegro on the afternoon of the 20th. It was an ideal shakedown cruise for the boat and the crew to get used to being at sea again.
Myself and 5 other crew members then took a proficiency in watercraft course. I can't help but smile to myself, I am qualified to be the Master of a 3.000 ton ship but not a jet-ski! Thankfully I passed the course, and even better, 5 of the crew qualified to instruct people on the use of jet skis. The Maltese Falcon is now an RYA approved jet ski training centre. This took us a few days and then we were ready to start our first trip of the summer.
Our first cruise started in the beautiful fjords of Montenegro, before we moved North to the walled city of Dubrovnik in Croatia, where we stayed for a couple of days before we did a long leg South down to Corfu. The water was still surprisingly cold in Corfu and we decided to keep moving South through the Ionian. We had some nice sailing and visited some stunning spots, the beach BBQ's seemed to be the highlight of this trip.
We dropped off our guests in Cephalonia and within minutes were on our way back to Athens. We had an awesome afternoon and evening of sailing before the wind ran out and we were forced to turn the key and keep moving.
Our 2nd trip is now well underway and we are back in familiar ground for me, cruising around the Aegean islands. The Falcon loves the breeze here, we were sailing along at 15 knots yesterday evening after leaving Mykonos. We have 3 more weeks here in the Aegean before we head to Italy and the Western Med for the rest of the summer.
1th June 2015
After a pleasant winter spent tied to the dock in Zeas Marina near Athens, the Falcon crew are making final preparations for another busy summer season. Over the winter we have not been idle, the boat has had a lot of tender love and care. From the masts and sails to the tenders and toys everything has had some attention. We have upgraded our gym with some new machines, added an electric massage chair and bought a new tender. The list of works was lengthy but suffice to say we have been busy and the boat is looking great.
A number of new people have come to join the Falcon family, we have an amazing multinational crew, with a great blend of experience and youthful enthusiasm. We are all looking forward to the season getting started. Our first trip starts in just a few short weeks in the Ionian before we come back to the Aegean for the next two cruises. It looks like it is going to be one of our best summers ever.
4th June 2013
After a stunning last week charter in the BVIs, we packed up the boat and readied ourselves for the crossing ahead. Bearing in mind that it was directly after charter, the boat had never looked so busy. The Atlantic crossing was the best one to date, as the seas were very kind to the Falcon. We powered along nicely with the max speed of 19 knots and an average speed of 10 knots. The distance travelled on this particular crossing was 4,250 nautical miles over 17 days, from the BVIs to Valencia.
We sailed for 98% of the crossing and motored merely for docking purposes at Gibraltar for a pit stop of 2 hours, then on to docking at Valencia.
During the crossing we had the pleasure of encountering pods of dolphins at several spots, one juvenile humpback whale just off the North Azores and two birds also joined the vessel for 4 days rest across the Atlantic ocean!
The total amount of miles racked up by the Maltese Falcon has now reached a mammoth 121,000 Nautical Miles with 8 Atlantic crossings securely under her belt, we are very proud of her to say the least.
16th April 2013
After an extremely successful charter at the St Barths Bucket, where we were lucky enough to have front row seats to a spectacular boat race on the Falcon, with waves crashing over the bow and the rails buried firmly under the waves. Our guests had an enormously impressive show, varying from the classic design of the J Class to the modern performance super yachts. We dwarfed the surrounding yachts with our 88 metres, with the closest in size being Athos at 64 metres.
Post charter, we swiftly tidied the boat for our next few days in the stunning BVI's. Tortola was a very welcomed site for some of the crew with the season just shifting into the summer and beaches scattered with just a handful of friendly locals. Once we had effectively regained our energy, we stocked the boat up in St Martin and headed back to the sunny shores of Antigua with beaming smiles to continue on with repairs and the ever-growing maintenance list once more.
Once we had effectively regained our energy, we stocked the boat up in St Martin and headed back to the sunny shores of Antigua with beaming smiles to continue on with repairs and the ever-growing maintenance list once more.
14th March 2013
Whilst the final coat of varnish dried, one last fire drill completed and the lockers stocked high, we departed Antigua, in spectacular full sail with boat horns reverberating throughout the harbour bidding us farewell for the Leeward Sea's. Dominating the horizon in St Kitts, we have been at anchor now for 3 days and are en route to St Martin over the next 2 weeks followed by St Barth's for the "Bucket".
The intense heat and intermittent heavy rain showers prove refreshing and are hailed by the deck crew as well as the gorgeous island of St Kitts, as it has been a particularly dry season this winter. In the final preparations of making The Falcon look and feel her absolute best for this epic race, we are sure to be the centre of attention and dominating not only the race but the headlines too.