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RMYC to host Spring Gozo Regatta with Marine Conservation Research in focus

As the Royal Malta Yacht Club prepared for its Spring Gozo Regatta, a focus on the marine environment has been taken in collaboration with the NGO BICREF, which has had a long-standing relationship with the Club.

The Spring Gozo Regatta started on Thursday and will end on Sunday. The Regatta, which has attracted a good mix of racing and cruising boats, will make the most of the long Freedom Day weekend.

The fleet left Marsamxett Harbour on Thursday afternoon and will take part in a passage race to Mġarr.  

Race Management have programmed a number of coastal races which aim to make the most of the islands’ coastlines with courses designed around Gozo and to Filfla.

The schedule of events will include a number of social events, aiming to strengthen the bond between the sailing community in a non-racing environment.

As part of the build-up for the event, the club hosted a short talk on  Conservation Research in the Mediterranean Sea. The well-attended talk was presented by Prof Adriana Vella from the University of Malta and The Biological Conservation Research Foundation BICREF Malta.

Initiatives around conservation were also announced by means of a Notice to Mariners encouraging sailors to report sighting of dolphins, whales, and turtles to assist with the research being undertaken.

The Spring Gozo Regatta will come to an end on Sunday with a Prize Giving being hosted at the Royal Malta Yacht Club.

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