RMYC to host Spring Gozo Regatta with Marine Conservation Research in Focus
As the Royal Malta Yacht Club prepares for its Spring Gozo Regatta, a focus on the marine environment has been taken in collaboration with the NGO BICREF, which as had a long standing relationship with the Club.
The Spring Gozo Regatta will start today, Thursday 30th March and will end on Sunday 2nd April. The Regatta which has attracted a good mix of racing and cruising boats will make the most of the long Freedom Day weekend.
The Fleet is scheduled to depart from Marsamxett Harbour on Thursday afternoon and will take part in a passage race to Mgarr. Race Management have programmed a number of coastal races which aim to make the most of the islands’ coastlines with courses designed around Gozo and to Filfla.
The schedule of events will include a number of social events, aiming to strengthen the bond between the sailing community in a non-racing environment.
As part of the build up for the event the Club hosted a short talk on Conservation Research in the Mediterranean Sea. The well attended talk was presented by Prof Adriana Vella, PhD (Cambridge, UK) from theUniversity of Malta and The Biological Conservation Research Foundation BICREF Malta. Initiatives around conservation were also announced by means of a Notice to Mariners encouraging sailors to report sighting of Dolphins, Whales, Turtles to assist with the research being undertaken.
The Spring Gozo Regatta will come to an end on Sunday with a Prize Giving being hosted at the Royal Malta Yacht Club.