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Yachting Malta Windsurfing Festival at St Paul’s Bay this weekend

Yachting Malta announced its support towards the Windsurfing Festival being hosted by Malta Young Sailors Club and taking place between Saturday and Sunday in St Paul’s Bay.

The two day event is expected to provide some thrilling on water action and all races will take place in the area known as Tax-Xama in St Paul’s Bay.

The Festival will be open to boards sailed by members of all local sailing club affiliated to the local Sailing Federation.

The classes which will see competitors take part in are the Windsurfer LT class (one design); Slalom and Beginner’ Class – the latter welcoming surfers with a maximum of two year’s windsurfing experience. Sailing will take place on a triangular course and will be by means of a timed run Freestyle sailing competition.

“Windsurfing has seen a resurgence in popularity and the purpose of this to organise a fun summer regatta intended to get people from all age groups and different levels of experience to windsurf and reignite the windsurfing community in Malta. Yachting Malta is looking forward to contributing towards such an event.” explained John Huber, Chairman, Yachting Malta.

The schedule of events will kick off with a windsurf parade on Saturday at 11.00am, whilst racing will take place between 13.00 and 18.00.

Racing on Sunday will take place between noon and 16.00.

Free style runs will conclude the event.

“We are very excited to be hosting this event. Windsurfing popularity had waned over the years but in the past few months a group of enthusiastic sailors have turned their attention to windsurfing and have started to train and practice again. This has generated interest from other people outside the sport, so we are expecting a good crowd to take part” Malta Young Sailors said in a statement.

Malta Young Sailors also announced that a percentage of each entry fee will be donated to Zibel – a voluntary organisaton and NGO focused on education, awareness, solutions and research. Its aim is to contribute towards the reduction of overall waste generated in Malta and restoring our natural environments to their most natural states.

The latest information on the Yachting Malta Windsurfing Festival can be found on www.yachtingmalta.org and on the event page on Facebook.

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