Meet the local couple passionate about sailing the Maltese waters

Malta sailing experience Allegra 5

Summer has well and truly arrived!  Driving around Malta today, from meeting to meeting, stuck in traffic jams and with the air conditioning struggling to keep the air at an acceptable temperature, I was dreaming of being on the water, as surely this is the only place to be during the hot Maltese summer.

Located right in the centre of the beautiful, clear blue Mediterranean, we are very fortunate  in Malta, to be spoilt for choice when it comes to boat charters as the options are endless; from luxury motor-yachts, to wooden boats, speed boats and party boats….we have it all..

For those looking for an authentic sailing experience, Pia and Patrick Vassallo have the perfect solution; Malta Sailing Experiences launched this summer to give you exactly that; a family-run, skippered yacht charter offering sailing experiences made to measure according to your own particular preferences.  Pia and Patrick, who recently returned to their native Malta having lived in the UK for many years, decided it was time to share their love of Allegra, their beautiful Beneteau 47.7 performance cruiser sailing boat,  offering bespoke charters to small groups of up to 11 guests.  Their love and passion for the sea and sailing shines through from the moment you step on board and their warmth and genuine hospitality puts you at ease, so you can well and truly enjoy and make the most of the experience.

Malta sailing experienced

Patrick, who owns and skippers “Allegra”, has been sailing since he was 7 years old and his knowledge, confidence and passion for the sea and the local waters ensures that from the moment you board Allegra, you can relax in the knowledge that you are in safe, very capable hands.  His wife Pia, is the foodie and perfect hostess, offering a variety of catering options, so you have nothing to think about, except just relaxing and enjoying being out on the water.

Malta sailing experiences Pia and Pat

The yacht Is equipped with a tender that can be used to drop guests on land when moored out at sea. They also carry fishing rods, snorkeling equipment, a kayak as well as a paddle board, should you prefer a more active time at sea.

Patrick and Pia are relaxed and flexible, allowing you to organise your time on the water exactly the way you like it, whether you prefer a day or evening charter, a short break of 2 – 3 days at sea, or indeed venturing further afield to Sicily and beyond.  The boat is equipped with 3 double cabins so can sleep 6 comfortably.  Evening charters are proving to be a firm favourite and these take the form of either a sail out to view sunset or a cruise around the Grand Harbour, culminating in dinner under the bastions. They can also organize a local chef to come on board to cook a 3 course meal; offering menus that range from vegan to Thai and anything in between.

Thai rolls

Time spent on Allegra is surely the best of all worlds; a relaxed, friendly, warm family environment, in-depth knowledge and experience of sailing and the local waters combined with a passion for Malta and its beautiful sea.  This is the Mediterranean summer at its best!

Malta sailing experience- boat

To find out more about Patrick and Pia and their yacht, Allegra, visit their website and their FB page Malta Sailing Experiences.


  1. Emma Middleton says:

    We had a wonderful family day with Patrick last year. My children still talk about it. We had the most amazing day. We cannot thank you enough x

  2. Pia Vassallo says:

    Thank you Isabel and the rest of the tappintomalta team for your blog piece. It was a pleasure having you on board.
    We still gave some availability in July and August. To find out more, contact us on 99248777


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