DAY 3 - 35th Lake Garda Meeting Optimist

Sat, 15/04/2017

The final races of the 35th Lake Garda Optimist Meeting take place on Sunday.
Windy day and all races completed. Great organizational success for Fraglia Vela Riva, acknowledged also by foreigners. Boom in photo and video visualizations on the official channels of the event.
The live streaming, started today, allows to follow the event online with the commentary from the course.
Even today, the windy Garda Trentino made the day of the 1063 participants, who enjoy sailing fast on-board of their Optimists: the quintessential school boat, which ensure maximum safety thanks to its technical features, specifically designed for children. Two races per division took place today as scheduled. The enthusiasm keeps on growing among organisers and guests, who do not seem willing to stop appreciating the event also on Fraglia Vela Riva’s social networks. The main goal of setting up a festival for all the young helmsmen has been surely reached. On the water, the participants show off their determination and passion of sailing in every single race; their technical skills are astonishing for their age (9 years old), capable to challenge demanding wind conditions (today 15-18 knots).
Before the final race, the Italian Maria Vittoria Arseni (CV Roma, today 3-9) and the Turkish Oztuncel are neck to neck, with the latter just one point apart thanks to a brilliant first and second place gained today. The Polish Chelkowski rises to third place of the chart (today 4-1). In the top positions are the home athletes Mosè Bellomi (4th), Alex Demurtas (5th) and Manuel De Asmundis (7th).


Juniors (after 7 races; prove; race number eight ranking processing)
After seven races, the ranking looks quite similar to yesterday. On Sunday, the final race with the top 157 sailors competing in the Gold Fleet will proclaim the winner. The American Stephen Baker is still first, who sailed fast even with strong wind despite being light. Behind him the German Müller, Steidle, Krauss and the Italian Jan Pernarcic (YC Cupa). The home athlete Tommaso Boccuni is seventh. Good performance of the Sicilian Andrea Marotta (CN Gela) placed ninth. The Russian Liksanova, twelfth overall, is the first female.
Tomorrow the starting signal is set at 12:00 with two races; the fleets will be determined considering the general ranking: the top helmsmen challenge to win the 35th Lake Garda Optimist Meeting, a unique event that this year outnumbered the 2012 edition certified by the Guinness World Records (1063 versus 1022). Also tomorrow, the live streaming will be provided by Kinder + Sport (, that allows those who stayed at home, e.g. friends and relatives, to experience the event.
Division A-Cadets ranking:
Juniors ranking:
Pre-regatta interview to Committee Presidents and to the voluntary parents of the FVRiva Optimist team:
The live streaming broadcasted from the Cadets’ course: