ALEXANDER SHELTING - Sail No. RUS1704
Alexander is a 13 year old kid from Gelendhik in Russia. He forms part of the Russian National Team.
His local club is near the Black Sea where he does his regular sailing.
Alex has been sailing on Optimists for the past 4 years and sails in events all over Russia.
In 2006 he obtained a 5th placing in the Russian National Championships and improved on that this year when he became Russian National Champion.
His main sporting interest is sailing and would like to carry on with the sport when he is older. He was one of the top contenders for the Euromed 2007 and looks forward to returning again next year.
MATTHIAS VAN HOLT - Sail No. GER 11559.
Matthias is a 14 year old Optimist sailor from Germany. He comes from Duisburg and sails regularly at his local club on a lake. He does all the regattas in his region of Germany and also competes in events in other regions of Germany, the Baltic, Riva in Italy and the Netherlands.
His best result was in Germany where he came a creditbale 19th out of a fleet of over 180 sailors. He is currently ranked 46th in his country and has figured amongst the top 10 sailors throughout the Euromed 2007.
This year is the second time he has competed in the Euromed Championships.
Benji posed for me while being teased by his fellow sailing mates!
BENJI BORG - Sail No. MLT 181313.
Benji is an 18 year old from Malta and has been sailing since he was 7 years old. He started sailing on Optimists and now sails Lasers. He has sailed extensively in many international regatta all over Europe and also in Dubai.
The result he is proudest of is a 5th position in the Optimist European Championships. He has also won a Gold Medal at the 2003 Small Nations Games in the Optimist Class and Gold at this years Small Nations Games in Monaco on the Laser. Benji is one of Malta's most successful sailors with a very high standard of sailing in general.
Benji has competed in two Middle Sea Races on the yachts Elusive and Artie and is now a keen windsurfer.
He is at present studying Art & Design here in Malta and hopes to go abroad to University to study Interior Design specialising in boats.