A practice race was held in good winds with gusts of over 20 knots and quite a big swell. First sailor to cross the finishing line was Aimilianos Monos from Greece. A good start to the next few days of racing.
For the opening ceremony all teams, carrying their national flags, were led through Pwllheli to the new Plas Heli Welsh Sailing Academy who are hosting this year's Championships.
The first 3 days of racing will be qualifiers splitting the teams into Yellow, Blue and Red fleets for the boys and Yellow and Blue fleets for the girls. The last 2 days will be the finals.
The races should be able to be followed live through the TRACKER .
Below some photos of Day 1
|This photo ,taken by www.sportsimages.wales , gives a good idea of the conditions they were sailing in during the practice race yesterday|
|Malta team with team leader Anna Rossi and coach Jean Paul Fleri Soler Pic: Andrea Schultheis|
|Pic: Andrea Schultheis|
|Opening ceremony Pic: Andrea Schultheis|
Below are the Maltese Young Sailors taking part in the event. Pics: Andrea Schultheis
|Lucas le Gault|