Team Malta - Day 1 Optimist Europeans 2015

Day 1 of the Optimist Europeans started off well. Registration is over and there are  159 boys and 97 girls from 37 competing nations are competing in this year's event.
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 , 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

Jake Satariano

Lucas le Gault

Antonia Schultheis

Richard Schultheis

Matthew Micallef

Gaby Mifsud

Victoria Schultheis