Good turnout expected for St Peter’s Regatta

Sunday, August 7, 2011, 10:05

A fleet of forty strong sailing dinghies is expected to grace the waters around Birżebbuġa this coming weekend during the annual St. Peters sailing regatta. A sporting event organized by the local sailing club which as its name implies, is purposely held to coincide with the local village feast of St. Peter in chains. This shall provide a veritable backdrop to the races being held out on the water as the local seafront will be fully decked out with festive regalia.

The regatta is open to all class of dinghies having a valid 2011 Portsmouth Yardstick number and a minimum of five boats of the same type shall constitute a class. Additionally all registered dinghies either than the IODA Optimist shall also race in the Overall Handicap class.

Like in recent past editions, the IODA Optimist boats are expected to form the backbone of the fleet; this shall also be complemented by a sizable number of Laser and the newly introduced RS Feva classes. Following last year’s record turnout, the Miracle class fleet is also expected to be back in full force in order to re-affirm its long presence on the local dinghy sailing scene.

Registration will open on Saturday 10:00hrs to be followed by race briefing. Six races are being scheduled between Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August. First start on Saturday is scheduled at 12:00hrs whilst that on Sunday is set for 10:00hrs.

The regatta will come to a close with the prize giving ceremony to be held at the Birżebbuġa Sailing Club clubhouse situated at Wied il-Buni after the last race on Sunday afternoon.

This year’s edition is being sponsored by the Malta Business School – a division of Allied Consultants Ltd.

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