Yachting Malta announces its support towards the ORC European Championships

Royal Malta Yacht Club to host Championships between the 23rd April and 1st May

Yachting Malta confirmed its support towards the ORC European Championships which will be organised under the authority of the Offshore Racing Congress, the Malta Sailing Federation and the support of Yachting Malta Limited.

This was announced on Friday 3rd February, by Yachting Malta Chairman Jonathan Borg at a press conference hosted by the Royal Malta Yacht Club. Borg, remarked that “Whilst Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site creates a perfect image, Malta is not just about offering spectacular scenes along its coastline but is renowned for its ideal sailing conditions, which have been attracting high calibre yachting events to Malta and offers high quality services to the maritime industry”.

The event is set to welcome a substantial European fleet amongst which are proven champions from past ORC events. For example, Karl Kwok’s TP 52 BEAU GESTE (HKG) skippered by Gavin Brady (NZL) is the reigning ORC Class A World Champion. Aivar Tuulberg’s KATARIINA II (EST) team are the reigning ORC Class C European Champions racing their Arcona 340 in Norway, but here in Malta will be entered in Class B racing their Swan 42 of the same name. Another team of proven champions from Estonia will also be in Malta: Ott Kikkas’s Italia 11.98 SUGAR 3, the reigning ORC Class C World Champions.

All these teams have top professional and amateur international talent on their crew, ensuring a highly-competitive international standard of racing here in late April.

In his concluding remarks, the Yachting Malta Chairman expressed his gratitude towards Hon Dr Aaron Farrugia, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects  under who’s Ministerial portfolio Yachting Malta fall under and  Hon Clifton Grima, Minister of Education and Sport for the support they have shown towards such initiatives.

David Cremona, Royal Malta Yacht Club Commodore commented that “The ORC European Championships are set to welcome a sizeable fleet to Malta, with crews hailing from all over Europe for a week of offshore and coastal sailing, socializing. We are confident that their stay in Malta and the Royal Malta Yacht Club will be a memorable one” He went on to thank Yachting Malta for supporting this event. 

For more information on the event and registration visit  – https://orceuro2023.com