A team of seven sailors from the Birżebbuġa Sailing Club has just returned from racing in the Bourgas International Sailing Week 2021. The team was accompanied by club coach Ivan Vasilev and parents who served as team leaders.
The team had the opportunity to train for five days before the event. For three of the sailors, the event served as preparation for the upcoming European Championships.
A fleet of around 100 boats raced in the event and seven races were held.
Light winds on the first day meant that only one race was held. The second day, the wind picked up to 16 knots and held for the whole day. This enabled the organisers to hold four races. On the last day, two races were held in around 15 knots.
Birżebbuġa Sailing Club sailors raced well and finished in the top 50 positions. Zane Attard placed first in the Junior Boys category. Sasha Nagrudnaya finished third in the girls junior category while Emily Fenech also ended her commitments in third place in the senior girls category.
Thomas Zahra, brothers Isaac Azzopardi and Jacob Azzoparrdi and Liam Cutajar also had good performances and showed improvement during the course of the regatta.
The next major international event for Birżebbuġa Sailing Club sailors is the Optimist European Championships in June.