29th Meeting Garda Optimist

Sat, 12/02/2011

A Guinness World Record- Breaking regatta at Fraglia Vela Riva.

Easter sets the date for the Garda Optimist Meeting festivities with one thousand helmsmen participating.

An unbeatable opportunity for a holiday on Trentino Garda which offers not only sailing, sport, food and wine, but also a large variety of cultural events.

 The racing season opens during Easter week, 21st - 24th  April, with the 29th edition of the Garda Optimist Meeting.

This single-class regatta, the “busiest” on the planet, attracts around 1000 young helmsmen every year from all over the world (30 countries).

The event is considered by the Alto Garda Trentino Club as the “cream of the crop” with racing at its highest level.

Given the season, a great holiday atmosphere is guaranteed for all..... competitors, coaches and those accompanying them, many of them family members.


This year it will be possible for those accompanying competitors and family members who come to Riva for the regatta and spend a few days holiday, to participate in a variety of events organized by the local APT “inGarda.”   The registration form can be downloaded from their website between March and April. The website also furnishes information on how to make the most of your stay together with other families with cultural,  gastronomic and sporting excursions.


The regatta will be preceded by the customary and always impressive parade of nations where all the participants carrying flags and banners representing their country wind through the historic centre of Riva del Garda.(scheduled for 20th April). After which there will be regattas for the numerous  Cadets and Juniors grouped in heats.

The logistical organization of such an operation is extremely demanding but the staff of Fraglia Vela Riva is dedicated in giving its best to ensure that every young participant takes home a memorable all round experience.

The event is sponsored by many partners who every year, not only make it possible, but also make the event even better than the year before. Next year sees the 30th edition and the possible World Optimist Championship 2013 of which Fraglia Vela Riva is a candidate to host (confirmation will be at the beginning of next year), hopefully with the valued support of the Province of Trento and Kinder Ferrero, inGarda,Cassa Rurale Alto Garda and Palafiere.