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THE 8th EUROMED MALTA CHAMPIONSHIP is nearly with us taking place between the 17th and 22nd December 2007. The racing venue in Mellieha Bay offers a first class sailing location in practically all wind conditions.

Our young sailors have been putting in many hours on the water training hard for the last and most challenging local event of the year. Last weekend, in spite of the strong wind with gusts of 30 knots plus, the young sailor’s dedication to the sport could be seen as they trained in the more protected upwind zone closer to the beach. Sunday offered less squally conditions giving both the Optimists and Lasers the chance to sail a course further out in the middle of the bay.

The coming week will bring a site that has not been seen since the peak of dinghy racing back in the 1970’s – a fleet of no less than 120 dinghies. The Maltese team will consist of 45 sailors, confirming that interest in the sport is continuously growing. The next largest team are from the UK with 30 racers.
Competition will be tough with teams from 9 countries participating, amongst them the national champions of Russia, Switzerland and Italy.

In the coming days training will intensify, excitement will be growing as foreign teams arrive. There will be a reunion of ‘Euromed’ regulars and new friends will be made. Combine this together with all the onshore organisation, the sound of flapping sails, last minute panics and one can feel the electric atmosphere of a large international sailing event. The only ‘factor’ there is no control over is the weather, and after the stormiest Autumn Malta has experienced for many years we can only hope the event will be blessed with fair winds and a good dose of sunshine.

This event has been supported by Air Malta, Malta Tourist Authority, Virtu Ferries, RLR, MEDEX, Seabank Hotel, Good Earth, Nestle and Network Publications.