Six teams today took part in the Rotary Kontiki challenge using home built sea crafts to follow a course in St Julians Bay.  The teams paid to compete for this challenge and the money raised will go towards Rotary Club Malta's projects at Dar il-Kaptan.

Six teams today took part in the Rotary Kontiki challenge using home built sea crafts to follow a course in St Julians Bay.  The following teams participated in the well attended event: 
  • Corinthia St Julians
  • Frank Salt Real Estate
  • InterContinental Hotel Malta
  • Rotaract Club La Valette Malta
  • Shireburn Software
  • Sliema Scouts
Click here to view the Rotary Kontiki photo album.  Lots of work and preparation obviously went into the building of these crafts which had to conform to particular rules.  The weather conditions were not perfect for the event given the Force 5 winds and swell coming straight down the course.  Racers were accompanied by rescue divers on kayaks from DiveShack while the Malta Red Cross had their teams on stand-by.
Given the number of teams participating,  two heat races were held, each with three teams, and the first two teams from each of the heats competed in the final race. 
Winning team: Corinthia Hotel St Julians approach the finish line.The Corinthia team triumphed in both their races with an effective paddle-wheel design and will have their name engraved on the Rotary Kontiki trophy.  All teams indicated that they will spend the year refining their designs for next year's challenge.
A special thanks to Past President Ulli Salomo, who was the main organiser of the event, and Race Director Rotarian Marcus Honney.
Click here to view the Rotary Kontiki photo album.  Click here for more photos of the Rotary Kontiki Challenge 2014 available on Dropbox, click here.