Young member of Vikings Sailing Club holds his own in global competition

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 8:00

As a testament to its growing role in the Maltese sport calendar, a young member from Vikings Sailing Club (VSC) has returned from a successful participation in Zhik Topper Worlds in Pwllheli, Wales, UK.

Sean Zahra, 16, represented Malta in the annual ISAF-recognised centreboard dinghy competition amidst a fleet of more than 150 competitors. He put to good use one of the eight new dinghies VSC purchased in 2013 to further its mission of promoting good sportsmanship and seamanship amongst the Maltese people, especially the youth.

In Wales, Zahra, overcame adverse weather conditions, including strong tides and winds at times, and ended up with a credible 54th position in his class from 155 participants.

VSC Commodore Richard Gabriele said: “Considering this was the first time for Sean to participate in an event outside of Malta, his achievement speaks well about his dedication. Featss like these by young Maltese athletes are what drive all of us at Vikings Sailing Club to continue empowering members of the new generation with the right training of sailing.”

Zahra has been a sailor for the past seven years, making use of the different dinghies available at VSC. He has regularly participated in VSC’s annual sailing marathon, and for the past two years has undertaken the full 50hours with other young sailors.

“Competing against some of the world’s best budding sailors was a riveting challenge and I was absolutely thrilled at the prospects of meeting great sailors from around the world. This was truly a great learning experience,” said Sean Zahra.

With more than 200 memberfamilies, the three-decade-old Vikings Sailing Club serves as a gathering point for hundreds of Maltese who come together for the array of events the Club organises on a regular basis.

Popular amongst the community are young children’s training courses, open race days, BBQ gatherings, country-themed cuisine nights, dinghy regattas, and others. Some courses, such as first aid training, are provided free of charge by the Club.

The Vikings Sailing Club works closely with its members as well as with various organisations to nurture the love of sailing. It regularly works with Kunsill Malti għall-Isport (KMS) to organise training sessions for young kids. VSC recently held its annual 50hours sailing marathon from its premises at Hay Wharf, Floriana.

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