On the first two days, light to medium winds had been common, but on the third day it was a chance for the boys of Malta to prove their worth in the strong conditions, caused by a Shamal blowing through the Arabian Gulf. This upset weather forced the organisers to race the sailors inside the new marina canal, which brought out some interesting situations concerning rules, starts, and mark roundings.
In the three races, which were won by Benjamen Borg, Matthew Soler, and Daniel Calascione (allof Malta) respectively, fitness and stamina was going to be the telling factor here. Omar Shaheen could not keep up with the Maltese sailors as they sailed away to victory. The final was sailed in very light winds and a nice big swell, which seemed to have a very sickly effect on a lot of the competitors (and the committee boat for that matter!!!). In the tricky conditions, Dina Ahmed Ramadan of Egypt proved the most consistent to come through in first, followed by young Maltese Cadet Karl Cremona in second, and in third was another Maltese sailor, Benjamen Borg.
The regatta ended with a closing ceremony and a disco for all the kids to try their dancing skills, in my opinion the Algerians won that one. Without any surprises except for one, the Maltese topped the team results, which was based on the sum of the top 4 sailors of that respective country without discards, with the U.A.E in a very respectable second, followed by Egypt in third.
|1||MLT||Matthew Fleri Soler||23.00|
|2||UAE||K.Subah Al Romaithy||47.00|
|7||EGY||Mohab Essam El-Bokl||90.00|
|8||EGY||Dina Ahmed Ramadan||92.00|
2 United Arab of Emirates
5 Sri Lanka