DAY 1 36th Lake Garda Meeting Optimist

Thu, 29/03/2018

The 36th edition of the Lake Garda Optimist Meeting kicked off with rain, which did not stop the races along with the amusement: Cadets sailed two races, Juniors sailed one.
Great start for Italy, especially for the sailors of Fraglia Vea Riva: Mosè Bellomi and Manuel De Asmundis first and second respectively in the cadet division.

Games and entertainment at the Garda Wind Garda Village: news of this year’s edition

Riva del Garda (Garda trentino) hosts starting from today the 36th Lake Garda Optimist Meeting, organised by Fraglia Vela Riva and Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, with almost 1.400 helmsmen between 9 and 15 years old enrolled (e.i. 1.069 Juniors and 305 Cadets). The event started on a rainy day, but this did not prevent the running of the races and the enjoyment of the sailors – the two race courses (one for Cadets and one for Juniors further south) benefitted from solid wind between 12 and 16 knots, that allowed the Cadets to sail two races and the Juniors one, due to the division into six heats that slowed down the starting procedures.
Despite heavy rain and usually cold temperature for springtime, the temperament of the sailors was once again put to the test. The participants sailed with fun as if the sun was shining.

Great amusement on land as well with the brand-new Garda Wind Garda Village, built up for this occasion thanks to the synergy with Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, where the sailors can have a break with their families, while the youngsters showed their skills in the Fit&Fun area taking part to the engaging activities organised by Kinder +Sport and the Ninja Warriors course. Garda Wind Garda Village also means Pasta Party for the competitors of the Meeting, besides the outdoor shopping village open to everybody.

It was a still positive start for the Guinness World Records’ Regatta, despite the rainy day with a breathtaking lake dotted with 1.400 boats.

Even though the event aims to make boys and girls sharing the same passion for sailing from all over the world meet (that is why it is called Meeting. This year 33 countries are represented), the competitive side of the event is still remarkable, since – if lived positively – it amuses and pushes the young sailors. It definitely was a successful start for Italy, and especially for the athletes of the organising club (Fraglia Vela Riva), who are in the top position in both divisions.

CADETS (305)
Mosè Bellomi wins twice, followed by his teammate Manuel De Asmundis (Fraglia Vela Riva), who with 1-4 is tie second with the first girl Clara Lorenzi (CNB).

JUNIORS (1.069)
The ranking of the Juniors’ race is in process and at the moment only few details are available: good start for Mattia Cesana (Fraglia Vela Riva) winning the yellow fleet and for the current World Champion Marco Gradoni (Tognazzi Marine Village), winner of the blue fleet. The red fleet was won by the Latvian Atilla Martins.

Cadets ranking:

Junior ranking:
Photo album 36° Meeting del Garda Optimist: