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Yachting Malta organised a visit for young sailors from local sailing clubs to the Alexander Von Humboldt II, a German tall sailing ship which arrived in Malta on the 12th September following an 800 nautical mile journey.
Sailors from Birzebbugia Sailing Club, Malta Young Sailors Club and Vikings Sailing Club joined the visit.
The Alexander von Humboldt II is a traditional barque rigg, driven by 24 sails with a sail area of 1.360 m2. In favourable wind conditions, she runs up to 14 knots. The ship arrived in Malta on the 12th September after an 800 nautical mile journey, for most of which the crew enjoyed perfect sailing conditions.
The cordial visit was led by Yachting Malta’s General Manager Michael Mifsud and offered the young sailors an in depth visit of the ship which including a tour of the engine room, room, bridge, crew quarters, restaurant and galley, stores and decks. Following the tour, the Captain Andreas Dahrendorf explained the purpose of the ship – that to provide traditional high seas sailing and the benefits associated with such an experience.
At the end of the visit, Mr. Mifsud, presented the Captain with a courtesy Maltese Flag and a book about Malta’s historical buildings.
“The Alexander von Humboldt II offers those aged 15-25 an experience known as ‘Sail Training’, a course in personal and professional development championed by youth organisations, multi-national corporations and even navies from across the world. This visit will certainly bring to attention such opportunities that our young sailors can benefit from should they be interested.” – Michael Mifsud, General Manager, Yachting Malta.
About the Alexander von Humboldt II
ALEXANDER von HUMBOLDT II has been sailing the high seas since 2011. Like its predecessor ALEXANDER von HUMBOLDT, ALEX-2 is a civilian square-rigger offering tall ship voyages for everyone, regardless of previous experience. All you need is an open mind and a spirit of adventure!
While the rigging resembles that of a windjammer built 150 years ago, the safety and rescue equipment of ALEXANDER von HUMBOLDT II is absolutely up to date. Radar, radio and satellite communication, electronic charts, life rafts, two high speed dinghies and many things more make her a modern ship and easy to navigate.
ALEX-2 is owned and operated by Deutsche Stiftung Sail Training (German Sail Training Foundation / DSST), based in the barque’s homeport Bremerhaven. DSST is a non-profit, charitable organization. Its aims are to provide traditional high seas sailing for people of all ages, but especially for young men and women aged 15-25.
Yachting Malta announced its support towards the Malta Superyachts Industry Network and a number of local sailing clubs through the Euromed International Regatta which is hosted annually in Malta and organised by the Malta Young Sailors Club.
This was recently announced during a press conference held at the Royal Malta Yacht Club in the presence of Hon. Minister Dr. Konrad Mizzi, Minister for Tourism and representatives of the Superyachts Industry Network and various sailing clubs.
Yachting Malta announced two support schemes, the first being that of a contribution that will go towards the training of local sailors who will be taking part in the Euromed International Regatta to be held in December. This regatta, hosted by the Malta Young Sailors Club, always welcomes a large fleet of over 200 participants, representing some 22 different countries.
“This agreement, signed with Yachting Malta, will ensure that our sailors will be able to train on a more professional level. With this investment we will ensure that continuous investment takes place so that future generations will benefit from more opportunities” explained Hon. Mizzi
Yachting Malta presented a sponsorship to the Malta Superyacht Industry Network through which this network of Maltese businesses within the superyachts industry will be participating in the Cannes Boat Show to be held between 10 and 15 September. This support is aiming to increase and develop the industry network through participation in such international fairs which are well known events that attract world renowned boat builders, owners and crews.
“Today’s occasion is part of Yachting Malta’s efforts to provide growth and development opportunities for the various stakeholders in the industry. Whilst sailing is becoming a fast growing sport that is attracting some very promising sailors, the superyacht industry is a niche that Yachting Malta sees a lot of potential and is working closely with the stakeholders to identify growth prospects” – commented John Huber, Chairman, Yachting Malta.
For more information on Yachting Malta initiatives please visit www.yachtingmalta.org or contact via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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