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Watch: Near perfect conditions for first day of Yachting Malta BSC International Regatta

Birzebbugia Sailing Club on Thursday hosted the first day of the Yachting Malta BSC International Regatta in near-perfect weather conditions, which made a good change from previous years when rough weather thwarted racing plans.

The ILCA Fleets, along with the Optimist Senior and Cadet fleets, participated in three races each, while the Optimist Beginner fleet competed in two races.  

In the ILCA 4 class, Timmy Vassallo (MYSC) dominated the day with three wins from three races.

Trailing by five points was Harry Fairbairn (MYSC) with Thomas Zahra (BSC) in third.

Benjamin Vassallo leads the way in ILCA 6 fleet with two wins and a second place. Lacey Aquilina (BSC) and Matthew Debono (MYSC) followed closely behind.

In ILCA 7, Shaun Aquilina (BSC) is currently leading the standings, with fellow team-mate  Crispin Peresso, and Julian Elwood (RMYC) finishing closely behind, with just two points separating the top three sailors.

Jeremy Decelis (BSC) leads the Beginner’s fleet, followed by Ella Grech (BSC) and Jamie Azzopardi from MYSC as only two races were held for this fleet.

Villams Osipovs (TJK-FVR) was unbeaten in all three races and is currently in the lead of the Optimist Cadet. Ethan Kodjaazliev (RMYC) followed behind, with Emir Tombuloglu (Galatasaray) just one point behind.

The Optimist Senior attracted the largest fleet of the regatta with Andrei Zhakov (BSC) leading the fleet. He is followed by Matthias Spiteri (MYSC), who registered two wins out of three races, whilst Jonas Micallef (RMYC) is in third place.

The second day of the regatta continues on Friday at 11am.

The event is supported by Yachting Malta, Visit Malta, Kunsill Lokali Birżebbuga, Veleria 3 Fl, Malta Optimist Academy, RLR Yachting, and SportMalta and is held under the auspices of the Malta Sailing Federation. 

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