Mal­tese Mus­ke­teers win Sport Boats Re­gatta - Act 7 with sec­onds to spare

Malta Independent - - Sport -

The Sport Boat Class held their sev­enth race week­end re­cently. Mal­tese Mus­ke­teers, skip­pered by Adrian Gauci Borda, Ni­cholai Portelli and Jan Rossi emerged win­ners with just sec­onds sep­a­rat­ing from Mar­cus Ciantar’s Se­ri­ously Bonkers.

With strong wind con­di­tions, gust­ing at 27 knots, on Satur­day thwart­ing all ef­forts to race, the more ex­pe­ri­enced crews to the op­por­tu­nity to train in more chal­leng­ing con­di­tions.

On Sun­day, shifty con­di­tions com­ing from the land saw wind gust­ing be­tween force 3 and four, with a bit of a lighter swell. Th­ese con­di­tions en­abled the crews to fit in five races.

Through­out the day, there was tough com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Mal­tese Mus­ke­teers and Se­ri­ously Bonkers, who were hot on their heels.

Both SB20s where con­stantly chang­ing po­si­tions be­tween the marks and only sec­onds separated the boats at the end of each race.

Adrian Gauci Borda, skip­per of Mal­tese Mus­ke­teer has been in­volved in the Sport Boats Class in Malta since its in­cep­tion a year ago.

He ex­plained that the Class has grown and whilst in the ini­tial stages, it could not yet be called a one de­sign class as the Class was made up of dif­fer­ent boats on hand­i­cap, one year later there are seven SB20s in Malta and lo­cal crews are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional crews win­ter­ing in Malta to take part in fu­ture races.

The Sport Boats Class is ea­gerly wait­ing the forth­com­ing BOV Gozo Week­end Re­gatta, or­gan­ised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club and taking place be­tween the 23rd and 25th November. It is an­tic­i­pated that four SB20s will be taking part.

More in­for­ma­tion about the Sport Boats Class can be found on www.rmyc.org or on the Class’ Face­book Page – Sport Boats Class Malta.

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