The sailing season took off on a sunny Saturday afternoon when the Royal Malta Yacht Club and the SB20 Malta Association joined forces to host a friendly regatta in Marsamxett for RMYC members interested in getting a feel for the SB20 Class.
The SB20 Class is a one design boat that has a good following in Malta. The fleet is currently made up of eight boats, five of which namely Careful Now, Outlaw, Team Chiara, Maltese Musketeer and Team Panda Power took part in the event. The event saw the SB20s skippered by experienced SB20 sailors but crewed by a good number of RMYC members, who usually take part in keelboat races.
The fleet was able to sail four races which consisted of two or three laps of a short course within Marsamxett harbour. The choice of this course was to maximise on the required boat handling and manoeuvres, resulting in some very close competition on the water.
“The objective of this event was to introduce RMYC members to SB20 sailing so this was “supposed” to be non competitive, but the old rivalries of fleet came through in any case, so the racing was well and truly on” explained Catherine Hurley, President SB20 Malta Association. “It was great to see such enthusiasm brimming from all those taking part especially as they got back on land and shared their day’s experience”
Racing took place under the watchful eye of Race Officer Martin Azzopardi, who was ably assisted by Nick Portelli, Maurizio Jacono and the SB20 Committee. The SB20 Class thanks Tom Ripard for the use of Sarbri as committee boat, which is necessary for this kind of racing. Thanks goes to the RMYC in particular Rear Commodore (Sailing) Peter Dimech and Commodore David Cremona.
The RMYC SB20 Regatta came to a close with a lunch for all participants at the Club’s restaurant. The RMYC and the SB20 Malta Class would like to thank Mediterranean Maritime Hub for supporting this event.