The interest in the sport of sailing does not reflect the fact that the Maltese Islands are surrounded by sea. Enthusiasts of this sport insist that there needs to be more interest in this hobby. However, officials of the Royal Malta Yacht Club told TVM that the great interest being shown by youngsters in this sport is very encouraging, and they hope the sport will continue to spread, particularly in schools.
When one considers that Malta is surrounded by water, it is the earnest wish of the many sailing clubs that sailing is included in the education system as a sports discipline. Robert Ciantar, Honorary Secretary of the RMYC, told TVM that this wish has been expressed purely because of the great interest being shown by young children in this sport.
“We had been trying and suggesting its introduction in some way in the education system… it is something than will be taught. Were discussions held on this issue? We did have discussions initially, but we are still working on how we can move this forward,” Ciantar added.
The Secretary added that this sport is environmentally clean. “Sailing is something which is totally carbon neutral, without any fuels or emissions. One just uses the wind.”
On Sunday the Royal Malta Yacht Club organised an Open Day along Ta’ Xbiex Waterfront in Marsamxett Harbour. Club Commodore Godwin Zammit pointed out that more awareness is created in this discipline through such activities.
Mr Zammit added that “for those who love the sea, yachting is a way to enjoy this element as a sport, to learn sailing through certain skills. It gives one great satisfaction.”
Besides races and family events throughout the year, the Royal Malta Yacht Club organises about 13 sailing competitions, as well as one of the most prestigious sailing races in the world, the Rolex Middle Sea Race.