Benefits to Captains and Crew
Malta has long been an important yachting destination, in part due to its location at the crossroads of Europe at the centre of the Mediterranean, and as the last port of call before the Suez Canal and Indian Ocean transits.
But more recently, Malta’s reputation as incredibly convenient and accessible is mostly due to the frequency of direct flights to most European cities and the Middle East, with 26 airlines servicing the airport, which is only 15 minutes by car from the marina.
But there are other distinct advantages to Malta that are less obvious.
In addition to its geographical advantage, including the year-round mild climate, the island is English speaking which improves the ease of communication for captains and crew. The education and healthcare systems follow the British model too and Malta provides financial benefits for crew as well as the boss, including high quality, low cost rental accommodation.
Since Malta became an EU member state, clearance is simple and paperwork is mercifully limited. Likewise the lack of trade restrictions means that parts and supplies are easy to access and provisioning is excellent.
Malta as a homeport has definite lifestyle benefits for crew, with a burgeoning social scene, large yachting community and nightlife to rival Madrid. With the recent openings of chic beach clubs like Baia in Mellieha and the regeneration of Valletta waterfront the bar has been raised.
The abundance of first class amenities and leisure facilities for entertaining and relaxing is clear. The large array of restaurants, bars, cafés and clubs provide a superb choice for any occasion whether it be a night off during the boss’ stay or down time off charter.
For those wishing for a bit more activity, the island is home to a wealth of sporting activities. The Royal Malta Golf Club is one of the oldest outside the UK; the island’s turquoise waters provide incredible diving opportunities, as well welcoming conditions for waterskiing, windsurfing, jet skiing and other water sports. Local sports clubs also offer tennis, squash, cricket, rugby and polo.
In addition to the sporting activities and nightlife, Malta also hosts a full calendar of events, year-round. From the Malta Marathon, sailing regattas including the Rolex Middlesea Race, art festivals, air shows, music festivals, and food festivals – one thing’s for sure, you will never be bored.