Yachting Malta International Regatta: Anticipation Builds for the Fourth Edition

Birzebbugia Sailing Club (BSC) is gearing up to host the fourth edition of the Yachting Malta International Regatta between the 1st and the 4th February. 

Since its inception just a few years ago, this event has rapidly gained popularity. This year the regatta has drawn interest from sailors representing nine countries. Notably, some sailors from previous editions, such as those from Japan, Bulgaria, and The Netherlands, will be returning to compete again. Among the international participants, the Bulgarian contingent stands out as the largest, boasting 11 sailors from three different clubs.

Adding to the excitement, this year’s regatta will see the inclusion of a new club: the renowned Turkish sports club Galatasaray, which will be represented by four sailors. 

In the lead-up to the main event, a three-day clinic is currently taking place, attracting 30 sailors eager to hone their skills. The clinic is being led by Ivan Vasilev, BSC’s Performance Coach, along with Nikitas Checagioglou from Greece and Maarten Treuren, the Netherlands’ National Coach.

Typically, regattas tend to emphasize the participation of sailors rather than the involvement of race committees. However, the Yachting Malta International Regatta has managed to draw attention from renowned International Race Officers, including Bojan Gale, who oversees the ILCA Class, and Miguel Amaral, responsible for the Optimist Class. Notably, Miguel Amaral’s expertise has earned him a role as one of the Race Officers for the upcoming Games of the XXXIII Olympiad in Paris this July. Furthermore, Ms. Pinar Coskuner Genc, a member of the Jury at the Yachting Malta BSC International Regatta, will serve as the Chief Race Officer for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Supported by Yachting Malta, Visit Malta, Kunsill Lokali Birzebbuga, Veleria 3 Fl, Malta Optimist Academy, RLR Yachting, and SportMalta, the Yachting Malta BSC Regatta takes place under the auspices of the Malta Sailing Federation. 

With participants hailing from Slovenia, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Japan, Germany, Tajikistan, Lithuania, Turkey, and Malta, the regatta promises to be a thrilling international affair.