J/70 Association welcomes crews from NRV Hamburg

Friday, March 11, 2016, 14:02

Gavin Muscat

This month saw Malta’s J/70 Association welcome crews from NRV Hamburg for four days of inter club training, friendly competition and social events.  NRV Hamburg is the oldest, and one of the largest yacht clubs in Germany with teams regularly and successfully present at the Olympic Games.

For the Hamburg yacht club, this was a pre-season training event in preparation for their German Sailing League. The NRV were German league champions in 2013 and 2014 but finished in a disappointing 3rd place in the 2015 season.

“It’s great to get out on the water in shorts and t-shirt when it’s snowing and icy back at home. It allows us to get a good amount of time on the water and I can push the sailors hard!” commented Klaus Lahme, NRV coach. Lahme was confident that a pre-season training event in Malta will allow the teams to start their season in top form.

During the training week, the top two NRV teams sparred with Maltese teams, when over 10 German and 10 Maltese sailors participated, racing J/70 class yachts.  For the Maltese teams this was also excellent pre-season training in preparation for the upcoming Malta Sailing League, which is set to kick off on the 12th/13th March.

Based out of the Royal Malta Yacht Club, the Maltese and German teams took advantage of a variety of conditions in Marsamxett harbour with winds ranging from 5 to 30 knots at times. From light to stormy, the conditions were varied, but overall plenty of winter sunshine prevailed, providing German and Maltese J/70 crews the opportunity to push their skills in anticipation of the upcoming spring season.

The Malta Sailing League is Malta’s top competitive sailing allowing any sailing team of any level to take part in the league. The league is sailed on J/70 boats and is open to any team keen to compete. The league format is simple, providing lots of short course racing; great for spectators and sailors alike. This year, the winner of the Malta Sailing League will be selected to represent Malta internationally at the Sailing Champions League.

More information about the Malta J/70 Association and the Malta Sailing League can be obtained via their Facebook page.

Some of the action from the J70 fleet (Photo Credit: RMYC/Maria Vella-Galea)


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