Sailing Regattas Held With Success!
Sailors from Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt competed in the fourth edition of the Laser-Pico Sailing Regatta at A.T.C.L. in Kaslik Sunday. As part of the Lebanon Water Festival, the races, which were held in the splendid Bay of Jounieh, were a success and gathered a fleet of eight Laser boats and eight Pico boats.
The sailors had to face adverse conditions. They experienced wind swings from a low 1.5 knots up to 8 knots, which called upon all their knowledge and techniques.
“The morning was calm because there was not much wind. It was difficult for the regatta, especially on this technical course. But the wind picked up in the afternoon, which allowed us to start a new round with ideal weather conditions,” said Jean-Charles Bazin, a sailing trainer at A.T.C.L..
Sixteen sailors from the Lebanese Yacht Club, the Alexandria Club in Egypt and Jordan’s Marina Club and Hamza Club took part in the race.
Jordanians and Egyptians dominated the Pico race. Mohamed Yehya Khalil from Marina Club in Jordan won first place, while Omar Wael Mahfouz from Alexandria Club Egypt finished second. Moyad Anaya from Marina Club Jordan arrived in third position.
Lebanese sailor Emile Hanna from A.T.C.L. Club won first place in the laser regatta.
Hanna put up a strong technical battle and challenged Essameldin Elwy Abdelaziz, a strong contender, who took second position.
Abdelaziz from Alexandria Club in Egypt is a national champion, has just won second place in Greece at the International Championships, and was a bronze medalist in the Pan-Arab championship. Hasan Laham from the Marina Club in Jordan took third place in the laser race.
The race was organized in partnership with the A.T.C. L. Club in Kaslik and aims to promote Lebanon as a sailing destination and promote the sport among Lebanese people, especially the youth.
A day earlier in Batroun, also as part of LWF, the second edition of the Optimist and Laser Sailing Regattas was held at the Lebanese Yacht Club O-Glacée.
Sailors had to face strong waves and difficult wind conditions. In the morning, the wind was at an approximate speed of 13 knots, which forced the cancellation of the Optimist race (below 14 years old).
The Laser regatta was also delayed due to the wind situation and was held at sunset with winds blowing at over 10 knots, and provided all the spectators with a challenging and spectacular regatta.
Six sailors from the Lebanese Yacht Club, the Alexandria Club in Egypt as well as the Marina Club and Hamza Club in Jordan took part in the race.
Abdelaziz from Egypt took first place, while Jordan took second place with Hasan Laham and third place went to Abdullah Khalil.
The Optimist and Laser sailing regattas were organized in collaboration with the Lebanese Yacht Club.
Rabih Salem, president of the Lebanese Yacht Club, stressed the importance of developing the sport and strengthening the sailing community in Lebanon.
“Sailing is growing in Lebanon,” Salem said. “Our project for next year is to open the Lebanese Yacht Club House in Batroun where members of the sailing community will be able to gather and organize events for their sport.”