33rd Meeting of the Garda Optimist
A little over a month after the event organized by Fraglia Vela Riva, Guinness World Records to be “the largest single class regatta”, revealed the technical innovations which should increase the competitiveness of the event, which remains a major sailing event, but with new technical solutions able to adapt to the increasingly high competitive level of the participants.
E ‘already Guinness World Records for being the regatta monoclass largest in the world (in the 2012 certification obtained in 1055 with helmsmen in the rankings); for many kids is a dream: to be on the Garda Optimist Meeting organized by historical Fraglia Vela Riva in the days before Easter (this year April 2 to 5), is a unique experience, involving nearly 1,000 sailors from around 30 nations. But the festival of budding sailors want to renew this year raising for the junior that is the most numerous and competitive, the technical level, bringing the “Meeting” to be more “race” and adapting well to the improvement of technical capacity tactics of the participants, recorded in recent years.
The technical innovations
For the only junior these novelties that should ensure greater competitiveness in the demonstration: the pre-departure (designed to try to keep grouped successively several batteries just before departure) will no longer be made with regular procedures, but it will be a simple area required step, that approach the participants to the starting line real mail 40-50 mt. upwind, which will start for each battery regular procedures, such as sailing instructions. Also this year will be placed on the leeward gate and the arrival will be played after the second beat, rather than at the end of the “stud”, which closed the quadrilateral path. A renewal that the staff of the Guild Vela Riva wanted to propose to meet the needs of coaches and athletes, very happy to participate in this great celebration of sailing, but with increasing demands technical-competitive: the thirty-third edition will therefore level rise technical, considering both the competitivtà, that the safe management of the large fleet in water. Starting system and path are the same as those used in international races of Palma de Mallorca and Palamos, as well as the Optimist World. For the category of the smallest cadets instead everything remains unchanged with a round of simple path.
Pre-registration fee 500
Meanwhile, continuing pre-registrations on line, to which more than 1 month after hovering about 500; between nations, which reveal a large fleet are Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Turkey, but also the United States, and of course Italy, which represents almost half of admissions. There is no shortage emerging nations like Algeria, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Hungary.
The coveted victory
The last year has been a great competitive success for Italy, which saw climb to the top step of the podium just a helmsman in both categories. David Dukes – bearer of the organizing Fraglia Vela Riva – had attempted assault by at least a couple of years between the juniors, while an incredulous Francesco Novelli the nearby Malcesine has managed one of the smallest cadets (9-11 years ). Some of the past winners of the Meeting of the Garda Optimist have become great players over the years: the roll of honor sees many Olympic medals or Olympic athletes, America’s Cup sailors and World champions. In reality, the goal of this event is not to create budding champions: the beauty of this unique event is first of all the amount of veils in the water, with a series of events on land, bringing together participants from all parts of the world, the Nordic countries colder than the warmer Caribbean. A great celebration of sailing, sports and friendships which are then grown in the years between racers, coaches and parents, with the right impetus that energy more competitive and gives to the whole event.
A show not to be missed
In Riva del Garda Easter means now for 33 years of the Garda Optimist Meeting and the Wednesday before Easter regatta officially opens the festival with the opening ceremony, which parade through the historic center of Riva del Garda 1000 sailors, who are proud waving the flag of the country of origin. For the four days of racing is also early in the morning to take advantage of the north wind characteristic of Lake Garda, along with that of the early afternoon, however, more consistent in the summer season. In some editions have seen the ice on the slides hauling, but for the brave sailors there was no hesitation. Even for companions and tourists who are on Garda Trentino in the days of the regatta is a sight to witness this spectacle: hundreds of sails along the north coast of the lake await the call in water and shortly after the same hundreds of sails fill gradually the mirror vapor of the Garda Trentino, leaving gaping anyone who witness such a scenario. Thanks to the shape of Lake Garda is also possible to follow the races, along the many scenic roads overlooking the lake, hence a privileged view in a beautiful natural setting allows you to enjoy a unique view.
Sailing and tourism: perfect union
Only for the Optimist Meeting in addition to nearly 1,000 sailors from 30 nations are expected 40 race officials and about 200 coaches, in addition to the many families that accompany the kids in the regatta taking advantage of the Easter holiday. A total inflow in the first week of April, which is approximately at least about 15,000 admissions. Data that are recognized by the Province of Trento and representing a security presence, even in case of bad weather – as happened a few years ago when tourism Upper Garda at Easter was “saved” thanks to sailing regattas!