Pics taken off Malta49er
Friday, May 11, 2012
Malta 49er Just Misses a Place in the Olympics
Unfortunately, our Malta 49er team - Seb & Ben - just missed a place in this year's Olympics in London. There were 5 places left and were a close 6th. A big disappointment for them to be so close yet so far but what these two lads have achieved in the past few years is quite amazing. Their funds were probably the lowest from any or most of the teams racing. Although they had very supportive local sponsors I doubt very much if it was enough to cover all their expenses. It is also unfortunate that government support for sports in general in Malta is minimal. I have to admit (very shamefully) that I was one of the sceptics when they started out on this venture but was quickly proved wrong when I followed the fast rate of their improvement. The 49er class is probably one of the most difficult classes to race in as the boat itself is a terrific challenge to sail.
So now they look ahead to the Olympics in Rio in 2016 - I am sure they will be in a much better position to clinch one of those coveted places representing their country in this prestigious 4 yearly event.