EurILCA Masters Series’ Sailors Conquer Elements at First Event of the Season

EurILCA Masters Series’ Sailors Conquer Elements at First Event of the Season

The Royal Malta Yacht Club launched its 2024 calendar of events with the hosting of the EurILCA Masters Series earlier on this week.

The EurILCA Master Series is a series of regattas run throughout the year in various stunning venues across Europe and is open to sailors who attain the age of 30 in 2024.  This is the fourth time the Club hosted the first regatta of the 2024 edition and attracted fierce competition on the water. However  is known for a great apres-sail social scene, making it an extremely popular on the European Sailing Calendar.

Whilst the first day of racing was marked with dismal weather and steady downpours, the two fleets – ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 were able to fit in three races.  The second day saw a north westerly breeze hit the racecourse, and a moderate swell proved to be challenging for the fleet but nonetheless they were able undertake three races.  The final day of race saw bright sunny weather however the wind started to diminish as the morning wore on.  A considerable wind-shift between the first and second race meant that the Race Committee had to realign the course between the first and second race.

The ILCA 6 Class saw Ian Jones (GBR) rule throughout having produced very consistent results. The win was determined in the final day of racing since only a point separated him last year’s Class winner Niall Peelo (GBR). In the end Jones prevailed to win five points ahead of Peelo. In third place was Max Hunt (GBR).  The winner of the ILCA 7 Class was Mark Lyttle (GBR) who had a strong run to keep a steady gap in front of other podium contenders Alan Davis (GBR) and Andrey Malygin (MDA). Racing dynamics took an unexpected turn on the final day.  Up until the second day, Davis had maintained a lead over Moldovan Malygin. However, the spectacle unfolded on the ultimate day of competition, where Malygin showcased his prowess by securing a third-place finish in the first race and clinching first in the subsequent one.  This result propelled Malygin to seize second place, just two points ahead of Davis. The action not only added a thrilling edge to the races but also dashed Great Britain’s aspirations for a complete country podium.

“We were thrilled to welcome another international fleet to Malta and to the Royal Malta Yacht Club. It was great to see familiar faces making a welcome return to our shores as well as seeing many new faces who promised to return to Malta in the very near future” remarked David Cremona, Commodore Royal Malta Yacht Club. 

Prizes were given to the winners during a dinner hosted by the Royal Malta Yacht Club in the presence of David Cremona, RMYC Commodore, Michael Mifsud, CEO – Yachting Malta and Trevor Millar, Sailcoach Founder.

The Royal Malta Yacht Club expressed its gratitude to all involved, particularly the Race Committee which was led by Race Officer Martin Azzopardi and assisted by Neity Maddock and Michael Mifsud, Sailcoach and Yachting Malta Ltd who supported the event.

EurILCA Masters Series – Malta Results

ILCA 6 – Overall

1stMark Lyttle (GBR)Grand Master
2ndAndrey Malygin (MDA)Master
3rdAlan Davis (GBR)Grand Master
Category PrizesRankCountryCompetitor
Apprentice1stRSAHowardLeoto
Master1stGBRNiallPeelo
Grand Master (Woman)1stIRLAislingBowman
Grand Master (Male)1stGBRIanJones
Grand Master (Male)2ndFRAOlivierErena
Great1stGBRMaxHunt
Legend1stFRAPoopyMarįon

ILCA 7

1stIan Jones (GBR)Grand Master
2ndNiall PeeloMaster
3rdMax Hunt (GBR)Great Grand Master
Category PrizesRankCountryCompetitor
Master1stMDAMalyginAndrey
Master2ndSUIFrancescoFabiani
Master3rdUKRDavidSurkov
Apprentice1stHUNZoltanKovacs
Grand Master1stGBRMarkLyttle
Grand Master2ndGBRAlanDavis
Grand Master3rdNEDBarendBinkhorst
Great Grand Master1stGBRPeterSherwin
RMYCRoyal Malta Yacht ClubSailing
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