A record number of yachts will gather on the start line of the Royal Malta Yacht Club on Sunday, 20th April for the 1st edition of the International Yacht Paint Double Handed Round Malta Race. The day long race is set to be a huge success with nearly 50 sailors preparing to compete in the event, which is organised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, with International Yacht Paint as the title sponsor. Around 24 racing and cruising models will be present, and competing to win the new coveted International Yacht Paint Trophy, which will be awarded to the overall winner over the next three years.
Yachts will be divided into various IRC classes according to the RMYC rules. There is also a new cruiser division within the IRC Class, providing less competitive boats with the opportunity to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the event as they sail in the beautiful waters around the Malta.
Amongst the other entrants preparing for this new event is David Franks & David Anastasi who will be on board the J-125 all out racer, "Strait Dealer". "Competition will be tough but we've been discussing tactics and are determined to do well in this event. It's vital to prepare well in advance for a race like this and we're working hard to make sure that we are in the right mindset and completely focussed on winning. We have worked hard to get "Strait Dealer" up to such a high racing standard and we are really going to push for victory."
Aaron Gatt Floridia, together with his brother Edward, will be racing their Bavaria 36, "Blue Fin". "The racing element is brilliant but I'm also looking forward to the social events, which provide the opportunity to meet both new and old friends. The short handed races are the most exciting events on my sailing calendar this year and I'm delighted to be back in Malta just for this race."
The course will vary depending on weather conditions. The fleet will either race up to the South Comino Channel and round Malta or head south towards Marsaxlokk and head up along Dingli Cliffs. Registration and the skippers briefing will be held at the RMYC on Thursday, 17th April. The prize giving ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 23rd April, bringing this unique event to a close.
The boats entered so far are: Inspiration, First Time, Geisha, Harry, Mischief, Maltese Falcon, Nauti Buoy, Primadonna II, Spirit of the Winds, Fekruna, Strait Dealer, Time Out, Breezer, Elusive, Sailaway, Diva, Maarial, Artie, XL, For Pete's Sake, Kaos and Blue Fin