Suc­cess­ful multi-class dinghy re­gatta at Royal Malta Yacht Club

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Maria Vella-Galea

The Royal Malta Yacht Club re­cently hosted a MYC or­gan­ised a multi class dinghy week­end re­gatta over the week­end of 10 and 11 Septem­ber which wel­comed over 50 sailors from four Mal­tese Sail­ing Clubs – Birzeb­bu­gia Sail­ing Club, Malta Young Sailors Club, Vik­ings Sail­ing Club and the Royal Malta Yacht Club.

The sin­gle handed Op­ti­mist class, saw 16 en­tries and was di­vided into Novice Be­gin­ners – chil­dren who are new to sail­ing and rac­ing, Cadet (8-11 year olds) and Se­nior (12 to 15 years) classes. Th­ese all to­talled 16 en­tries. The sin­gle handed Laser 4.7 class and Ra­dial class had 17 en­tries whilst all the Top­per en­tries hailed from the Vik­ings Sail­ing Club.

The dou­ble handed Feva class saw six boats be­tween Royal Malta Yacht Club and Birzeb­bu­gia Sail­ing Club. A hand­i­cap class was made up of a RS Vi­sion, 2 Mir­ror Mir­a­cles and an En­ter­prise: th­ese raced on Portsmouth Yard­stick cor­rected time.

Satur­day saw a to­tal of three races held in three races held in strong winds and a quite con­fused chop, con­di­tions which favoured the heav­ier sailors. All three races per class got away with­out too much trou­ble for as­sis­tant race of­fi­cer Inge Mule Stagno from Birzeb­bu­gia Sail­ing Club and Peter Dimech from the Royal Malta Yacht Club.

While all classes separately from the same start line us­ing the outer loop of a trape­zoid course for the op­ti­mists and fin­ish­ing them up­wind at mark 2 meant that they were al­ways clear of the rest of the fleet.

The Laser, Top­per, Feva and hand­i­cap fleets used the in­ner loop fin­ish­ing back at their start line.

The same for­mat was ap­plied on the sec­ond day of rac­ing, by which time there was less wind and the con­fused chop had calmed down.

The Op­ti­mist fleet were keen to race. In fact too keen as af­ter a cou­ple of gen­eral re­calls the race of­fi­cer re­sorted to a Black Flag start on one race.

Un­for­tu­nately two of the be­gin­ners got caught in a wrong po­si­tion and were on course side dur­ing the last minute be­fore the start and were dis­qual­i­fied.

The Laser fleet saw some older sailors, in­clud­ing two Royal Malta Yacht Club com­mit­tee mem­bers, bat­tling it out against young­sters who even­tu­ally got the bet­ter of them.

The Feva fleet saw some new sailors to the class in­clud­ing young Op­ti­mist cham­pion Vic­to­ria Schultheis, re­cent win­ner of a gold medal in the Op­ti­mist Class at the World Sail­ing Cham­pi­onships. Schultheis sailed her first event in this dou­ble handed class. While the Far­ru­gia Vella broth­ers from Birzeb­bu­gia Sail­ing Club also did very well.

The An­drew and Michela Mif­sud chil­dren sail­ing a RS Vi­sion ac­tu­ally beat their father who sailed the Mir­a­cle dinghy in this hand­i­cap class.

Royal Malta Yacht Club Com­modore God­win Zam­mit presided over a prize giv­ing af­ter­noon, which saw crews joined by fam­i­lies and friends who cheered on the win­ners who were pre­sented with a num­ber of sail­ing re­lated prod­ucts.

RMYC Dinghy Re­gatta Re­sults Laser 4.7 1st Place – Matthew Mi­callef 2nd Place – Daniele Mi­callef Valetta

Laser Ra­dial 1st Place – Karl Mig­giani 2nd Place – Zach Zam­mit 3rd Place – Maya Podesta

Op­ti­mist Class – Cadets 1st Place – Richard Schultheis 2nd Place – Daniel Ciantar 3rd Place – Dim­itris Pipi Vert­so­nis

Op­ti­mist Class – Se­niors 1st Place – Saul Vas­sallo 2nd Place – Pa­trice Pace 3rd Place – Luke Rausi

Op­ti­mist Class – Novice 1st Place – Kain Gauci 2nd Place – Shaun Aquilina 3rd Place – Cleavon Borg

RS Fevas 1st Place – Kane Sey­chell/Harry Par­nis Eng­land

2nd Place – Neil Far­ru­gia Vella/Craig Far­ru­gia Vella

3rd Place – Megan Ferry / Em­i­lie Gre­gory

Hand­i­cap Class 1st Place (RS Vi­sion) – An­drew Mif­sud / Michela Mif­sud

2nd Place (Mir­a­cle) – Pierre Mif­sud / An­dre Fenech

Top­pers 1st Place – An­drea Az­zopardi Prizes, of use­ful Gill items from Gauci Borda, were distributed by RMYC Com­modore God­win Zam­mit.

Photo: RMYC/Mark Napier

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