The first foreign sailor, Jan Philip HOFMANN, arrived last week. He currently is being hosted by a Maltese sailor's family, attending school at St. Edwards College and furthermore sailing and training alongside with the Malta Young Sailors Club members. He will race the Euromed Chamionship using sail number GER 11450. Expecting about 130 sailors from 11 Nations in the Optimist and Laser Classes is evidence that the Malta Young Sailors Club have really managed to find and gain a respected slot in the international sailing and racing calendar of events.
This years' event is also going to double up as a training event for Race Officers. With the approval and support of the International Sailing Federation, Tony LOCKETT will run a race management course. People from as far as China and Uganda, besides Italy and Malta have shown interest in this course and will initially attend lectures and then help with the Race Management afloat.
A complete International Jury has been appointed and invited to judge this event. Besides solving any protests, two members of this 5 strong team will address the sailors with regards to sailing rules and regulations.
Rene KLUIN, President of the International Optimist Dinghy Association will also be coming over to monitor the progress of Optimist Sailing in Malta. This visit is regarded as significant since Mr. Kluin generally travels to World and Continental Championships. The Malta Young Sailors Club is proud to be associated with the various sponsors and furthermore, thanks the volunteers' team for their invaluable untiring assistance.