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21 December 2002, 10:44 am
Day Three - Borg Leads Optimist Class
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Optimist Action From Day Three

Euromed Malta Championships
St Pauls Bay

While Malta still hangs on to the top two places ahead of the Swedes in the Optimist class in the Third Euromed Championship currently being held at St. Paul's Bay, it has become a tussle between the two leading Maltese as well.
In fact, some excellent sailing by Benjamin Borg (13) took him to the top of the overall placings yesterday just ahead of Matthew Fleri Soler (14).

Borg is living up to his national title of No. 1 Optimist sailor by being very consistent throughout the nine races held so far and yesterday crossed the line first in all three races held. Malta's No. 2 Optimist sailor, Matthew, on the other hand, had a slightly poor showing following a string of first and second placings on the other two racing days held. Partly due to the light winds and the big swell encountered, he dropped to tenth place in the first race of the day then picked up for a third and then a fourth.

The two Maltese boys are being hotly chased by two Swedish girls in third and fourth place. Lisa Ericson (14) also suffered slightly lower results today but her compatriot, Rebecka Harding, was more consistent with placings between the second and fifth positions.

Malta's No. 3 Optmist sailor, young Karl Cremona (11) did extremely well on day three, placing as high as second and fourth. This put him in sixth place overall, just behind Christoph Podesta (13) and ahead of Simon Psaila (13) and Omar Shahein (13) of the UAE. If Cremona keeps this up he will definitely carry off the Optimist Cadet category, a creditable feat indeed since he is recovering from a recent medical operation.

In the Laser Standard class, John Tabone continued to register generally slightly better placings than Neil Borg although they both only each registered one first over the line. Competition for them seems to be coming from Mario Aquilina, who although practically at the bottom of the classification due to his not being able to race on the first two days, on day three registered a first and two seconds.

In the Laser Radial class, it was Peter Valentino who continued to dominate by winning all his races yet again. In fact he has placed first in all nine races of this class so far. At the end of day the positions still saw Valentino ahead with Paul Debono slipping behind Alfred Fenech, and Andrew Selvagi improving to pass Aaron Podesta, Zak Borg and Simon Aquilina.

This Third Euromed Malta Championship is again being organised by the Malta Young Sailors Club (MYSC) and racing continues every day until today.

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