Successful multi-class dinghy regatta at Royal Malta Yacht Club
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.