2014 Malta EUROMED Championship

Posted on: December 09, 2014

db Seabank Resort + Spa chosen as the official hotel 

The 15th Edition of the Optimists Class EUROMED Malta Championship will be held between the 19th and the 22nd December at Mellieha Bay, Mellieha. All participants and organisers are staying at our hotel for the whole duration of the championship.

Since the year 2000 the Malta Young Sailors Club has made it an annual December appointment to host theOptimists Class EUROMED Malta Championship which from a modest start  fourteen years ago has become a prime international sailing attraction with last year’s edition attracting 138 sailors from 8 countries. This 4-day event, which is contested by both male and female young sailors, is organised with the cooperation of the Kunsill Malti għall-iSport and the Mellieħa Local Council and is held under the patronage of the Malta Sailing Federation.

The Malta Championship is also an attraction to Laser dinghy sailors where participation is not constrained by an age limit.  The participants will be split up into five categories namely the Optimist Cadet Class, theOptimist Open Class, the Optimist Novice Class and two Laser Dinghy Classes - Laser Radial Class andLaser 4.7 Class.

With less than two weeks to go for the event the number of participants stand at 120 sailors from 9 countries - Cyprus, Ireland, Russia, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Greece, Romania and Malta. Ireland, Spain and Greece are newcomers to the Malta event. Undoubtedly this is an excellent turnout which can increase over the last few days prior to the start even surpassing last year’s record entry. The biggest three foreign contingents hail from Sicily with 29 sailors,  Ireland with 16 sailors, and Russia with 14 sailors.

A distinguished participant this year will be Ebru Bolat  from Romania who last July in Dublin was declared the overall Optimist European Girl Champion 2014. Bolat will be on her third Euromed participation which she is yet to win.

Championship launch and races will take place at Maxima Lido, situated at a walking distance from our hotel.