Yachting Malta Race Week a resounding success

Since its inception in 2021, the Yachting Malta Race Week has been on an exciting journey of growth and expansion through a diverse array of competitions and activities that cater to sailors of all skill levels and interests. Each year Yachting Malta attempts to introduce new activities which serve to draw more participants and increase engagement amongst a broader audience.

The collaboration of local sailing clubs and related entities has proven that by joining forces and combining efforts it was possible to celebrate the sport of sailing in its many forms.  From competitors, participants, and enthusiastic onlookers,  one can safely say that the Yachting Malta Race Week was a resounding success.

One of the highlights of this year’s event was the organisation of inclusive sailing. Yachting Malta has long been a driver for inclusion in sailing, having purchased several Hansa 303 Class boats for this purpose and distributed them to local clubs and sailing school. It also provided them with the expertise on how to run such programmes. This year’s inclusive sailing initiative attracted a large and enthusiastic audience, promising potential growth for this World Sailing-recognised class.

The growing importance and presence of women’s involvement in sailing was addressed with the  World Sailing initiative – Steering the Course – Women in Sailing.   The event offered a platform for female sailors to showcase their talents and leadership. The three-part event, spread over three consecutive evenings, was hosted by the Royal Malta Yacht Club and Vikings Sailing Club. Steering the Course welcomed a large group of women who undertook sailing lessons on the RMYC’s RS Quests. The final day saw them race in Marsamxett Harbour.

Windsurfing has grown in popularity, prompting the Malta Young Sailors Club to host the Foiling 100 – a 100km windfoil race from Malta to Ragusa. Although plans to race were thwarted by a lack of wind, and the short race held locally, was disrupted by a thunderstorm, the event still showcased some fine racing. Veteran Jean Paul Fleri Soler secured second place, finishing behind Kamil Manowiecki,  showing his fine mettle against a younger generation of windsurfers.

The Keelboat, SB20, and Dinghy Regatta, hosted by the Royal Malta Yacht Club,  attracted a good fleet. The SB20 fleet fielded for the first time an all-female team – made up of Mattea Ciantar, Gabriella Mifsud, Antonia Schultheis and Victoria Schultheis  emerged overall winners.

Simultaneously, the Dinghy Ranking Regatta – hosted by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, was a hotly contested ranking event with tight competition outside Marsamxett Harbour.

In its efforts to attract the non-racing community, Yachting Malta, in collaboration with local sailing clubs, organised a Cruisers’ Rally featuring relaxed cruising over a weekend. The event started with a briefing and crew party at Vikings Sailing Club. The following morning, the fleet set off on a leisurely sail to Birzebbugia Sailing Club, where the fleet enjoyed a pasta night. On the second leg of the Rally, the fleet sailed around Filfla and anchored in Hofriet for a few hours before proceeding to Rinella Bay for the night, where they  took over a food court to enjoy the UEFA Champions League final.   A songwriting and singing competition, a treasure hunt and contest encouraging the removal of plastic from the sea was added entertainment for cruising families.   The ones with the largest collection was awarded a prize.   The final leg ended at Marsamxett Harbour and the Royal Malta Yacht Club where a wine and pizza evening.

The presentation of trophies, tokens and prizes to winners was held in the presence of Yachting Malta Chairman, the Hon. Mr Chris Agius, and CEO Michael Mifsud.

“Yachting Malta Race Week has once again shown the inclusive nature of the sailing community here in Malta. We are thrilled with the turnout and the enthusiasm shown by participants and spectators. This event not only highlights the beauty of our waters but also the strength and unity of our sailing community.”   Michael Mifsud, CEO – Yachting Malta

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