Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg donated 14 sailing boats for the use of the Maltese Sailing National Team and Local Sailing Clubs.
Minister Ian Borg said, “With this investment, we will be encouraging more participation as well as further promoting the sport of yachting. We want Malta to also achieve top places of classification when it comes to competing with other countries in this sport. This is a government that listens and addresses everyone. Therefore, we felt we had to be at the forefront to provide the necessary support to these clubs and federations in order for them to continue to improve and grow in terms of skills and abilities.”
The choice of the boats was made with the input of the Malta Sailing Federation, which has been working closely with clubs and the authorities to provide development opportunities for the sport, which has seen a substantial increase in take up in 2020.
This investment will definitely contribute towards the preparations being made by the National Team in preparation for the 2023 Games of the Small States of Europe being hosted in Malta. The Maltese National Sailing Team will receive five Laser boats.
A number of other boats – Laser Funboat, Laser Pico and Optimists have been allocated to local sailing clubs, affiliated to the Malta Sailing Federation.
The Malta Young Sailors Club will be given an optimist boat while the Birżebbuġa Sailing Club will benefit from a laser funboat. The Vikings Sailing Club will be given two laser pico boats and five optimists for training while the Royal Malta Yacht Club will be given two laser pico boats