The frejgatina (plural frejgatini) is a traditional fishing boat from Malta, its name meaning "little frigate."[1] It is a small, carvel-built rowing boat. It is generally only used to move from the shore to a larger boat anchored offshore.[2]

It is transom-sterned, open, and steered with two oars, although some modern boats have engines attached, to move the boat and/or operate the winch. [3] Some modern frejgatini are made with fibreglass instead of wood.[4]

Since 1935 frejgatini have raced in the annual Victory Day regatta.[5][4]


  1. ^ "Journal of Mediterranean Studies". Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta. September 16, 2003 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "A Quick guide to traditional Maltese Boats - International Marine Centre Ltd". international marine centre.
  3. ^ Smylie, Mike (March 15, 2013). Traditional Fishing Boats of Europe. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781445614342 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b Malta, The Mysteries of (February 2, 2016). "The Maltese 'FREJGATINA'".
  5. ^ Camilleri, Valhmor (8 September 2022). "Cospicua secure memorable double in Victory Day Regatta". SportsDesk (Times of Malta).