Optimists - Malta Team Training in Greece

 In preparation for their participation in the Optimist World Championships in Poland this coming August, Craig Farrugia Vella and Katryna Esposito are in Greece undergoing some intensive training with Greek coach Vagelis Atzemian. Next week they will be participating in a regatta where other team member, Michael Amadori, will be joining them.
The Greek young sailors are quite a force to be reckoned with (Greece has just won the Boys European Championships and won 2nd place in the Girls European Championships in Wales this week).
Today was their first day of training and it turned out to be strong winds gusting 38 knots. Unfortunately Katryna tore her sail, but after a sail change, and in spite of the very strong wind, they still had a training session focussing mainly on survival in strong wind, gybing under pressure and race starts in strong wind.


Craig Farrugia Vella and Katryna Esposito with their coach Vagelis Atzemian
Katryna Esposito limping back home with her torn sail

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