Malta Euromed Championship 2012‏

Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 12:00

With a few days to go for the 13th Edition of Euromed Malta Championship 2012 the racing classes are so far made up of 80 Optimist sailors, 24 Lasers and 8 RS Feva’s, a fleet of 112 boats to brighten and take over with their small sails the waters of popular Mellieha Bay for four days between Wednesday 19th up to Sunday 23nd December.


Young sailors, club officials and family members from as far away as the Seven Feet YC in Vladivostock, the Pacifico YC in Vladivostock, the St. Petersbourg YC and the Rautu YC ofMoscow, all Russians, are here for the challenge and enjoyment. The Haifa Sailing Club inIsrael, as well as the Algerian Sailing Federation, and the SailCoach Foundation of Irish origin, are also all having sailors in Euromed this year, along with other youngsters fromGreat Britain,Denmark,Sicily, andSlovakia.


What’s makes Euromed an ever increasing appealing Event?


Gael Le Mauguen, a French coach in charge of four Algerian sailors at Euromed said, “I’ve known of Euromed for many years, but I never considered coming with my sailors for this competition before.  I’m a private coach and instruct many sailors from all over the world.


I just came toMaltalast year for the first time for vacation and I saw all the opportunity that could provide thisIsland, especially for the winter season.  Now I’m a permanent residence here which is quicker for me to organise training clinics here or to encourage more foreign sailors to come for Euromed”


Trevor Millar the CEO of SailCoach in charge of a group of Laser sailors believes that, “First the time of year, the schools have holidays and the sun is out unlike most other parts ofEuropeat this time of the year”.


Foreign teams’ approaches and schedules for the ‘Christmas’ event is showing that participation for the prestigious Malta Award is not being the only attraction for visits to ourIslands. TheMalteseIslandshave the magnetism, qualities and charm to make them an ideal winter training destination for sailing.


How true is such reasoning? Is Euromed contributing in making Malta recognised and utilised for such potential – an ideal winter training destination for sailing?


Gael Le Mauguen, consultant to the Algerian Sailing Federation since July 2010, but endowed with a remarkable multi-national results and achievements, is a great admirer ofMalta’s “Perfect weather conditions”.


Trevor Millar the CEO of SailCoach explains that “Well for us we have just discovered Malta and what we have seen to date, it has a lot going for it. The winter weather is great and it has lots of wind which sailors love, the people are friendly and speak English and it is not expensive to fly toMaltaat this time, all these things makes for a good SailCoach base and having a regatta is a big plus. We would like to think that SailCoach being here will help get Malta onto the dinghy sailing map with our operations this winter and at the end of this season we will look seriously at coming back next winter. The only downside we have come across is the price of the ferries to get to Malta with all our equipment (minibus’s with trailers, coach boats and 14 Laser dinghies) if we can find a way to make this more reasonable, we would like to bring other Sailing Federation Teams with us next winter. If we can do that thenMaltawill be a heavyweight winter training venue for our sport”


The Event will be mainly an Optimists Class event where only sailors under the age of 16 years are eligible to contest. However older sailors will be racing in the Laser 4.7 Classes and the newly introduced RS Feva class where in both categories there will be male and female participants.


The Malta Euromed Championship is organised by the Malta Young Sailors Club with the cooperation of the Kunsill Malti għall-iSport and the Mellieħa Local Council and held under the patronage of the Malta Sailing Federation.  The Seabank Resort & Spa is the Championship’s Official Hotel while the Mexico Restaurant, the ex Tunny Net, will be the event’s Headquarters.



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