Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

31st Garda Optimist Meeting - 1127 registered, 30 nations confirmed

by Elena Giolai on 29 Mar 2013
31st Garda Optimist Meeting - Day 1 © Elena Giolai/Fraglia Vela Riva
The 31st Garda Optimist Meeting is now underway and the lack of wind didn't dampen the party atmosphere. There was only one race completed in the Cadet's 'pink' group - which was won by Abramowicz of Poland. Giovanni Sandrini of Italy claimed third.

After yesterday evening's glorious opening ceremony in which four time Olympic medallist and holder of numerous world and European titles, Alessandra Sensini recalled winning her World RS:x Championship right here on Lake Garda, Trentino, the 31st Garda Optimist Meeting got under way this morning.



1127 registered participants from all over the world were dressed in oilskin, gloves and some very original woolly hats to brave the bitter cold and start the regattas. But as they took their positions at around 11.00 am, the wind which been blowing, dropped leaving no wind to go ahead with the races. Only the 'pink' group of the cadets (9-11 year olds) were able to complete a race while the rest had to wait patiently for the wind that never arrived.

Winner of the only race today was Abramowicz of Poland followed by fellow Pole Kosmalski. In third place was Italian Giovanni Sandrini (CV Gargnano) and the first Italian girl was Alessia Palanti (FV Malcesine). Even though there was no racing for the majority of the competitors, there was still a spectacle both on water and on land, as there is every year.

As for the nations participating, there is for the first time a helmsman from Sri Lanka 12 year old Marc Wilson and competitors from Antigua and Bermuda, Rocco Falcone is the son of the Italian Consulate of the Caribbean island and will be participating in the World Optimist Championships at Fraglia Vela Riva in July.

Among the favourites are David Labrouche of Great Britain (winner if the International Optimist Regatta in Palamos) and the mighty Turks who have won the last two editions and won't pass up the chance to win a third. The Italians could also make a bid for the podium. The GAN Gruppo Agonistico Nazionale Optimist is here in its entirety.

Once again Fraglia Vela Riva together with the association of Vela Garda Trentino has shown its readiness in welcoming all the young sailors from all over the world (as far away as Antigua and Sri Lanka) with their parents and coaches making sure that they want for nothing, looked after also by the other clubs of Upper Garda Torbole, Arco and Riva del Garda...ready with a cup of hot chocolate and a plate of pasta when the sailors reach land.

Tomorrow's start is scheduled for 10.00am for both categories.





A - Pink Race 1

Sailno

Name

 

 

POL 1193

Abramowicz Pawel, Male, 07-May-2002, Mos Ssw Ilawa

1

1,0

POL 1706

Kosmalski Patryk, Male, 14-Mar-2002, Chkz Chojnice

2

2,0

ITA 7199

Sandrini Giovanni, Male, 10-Jul-2002, C.V. Gargnano

3

3,0

USA 16718

Hawkins Maddie, Female, 12-Jun-2002, Usa

4

4,0

GER 11983

Felix Neszvecsko, Male, 27-Feb-2003, Muenchner Y.C.

5

5,0

SWE 4472

Westerlind Marius, Male, 06-Mar-2002, Kkkk

6

6,0

USA 17251

Subbiah Daven, Male, 01-Oct-2002, Usa Sequoia Y.C.

7

7,0

GER 12043

Fratz Hermes, Male, 13-Jan-2003, Muenchner Y.C.

8

8,0

GER 13281

Roko, O.K. Mohr, Male, 08-Dec-2002, Pwv, Opti-Team.De

9

9,0

ITA 7720

Palanti Alessia, Female, 22-Jun-2003, F.V. Malcesine

10

10,0

GBR 5731

Heathcote William, Male, 03-Dec-2002, Rlymyc

11

11,0

USA 16630

Subbiah Jagan, Male, 01-Apr-2002, Usa Sequoia Y.C.

12

12,0

ESP 1725

Cano Sostre Marc, Male, 07-Apr-2002, Club Nautic Vilassar De Mar

13

13,0

USA 18278

Dixon Garrett, Male, 26-Apr-2002, Usa

14

14,0

POL 1700

Kuczys Igor, Male, 30-Oct-2003, Mkz Arka Gdynia

15

15,0

GER 13222

Mic S.K. Mohr, Male, 22-Feb-2003, Pwv, Opti-Team.De

16

16,0

CRO 984

Balas Ursula, Female, 05-Jun-2002, J. D. Val Crikvenica

17

17,0

SUI 1530

Rosine Baudet, Female, 29-Jul-2002, Cnm

18

18,0

 Full results here

Related Articles

Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
Pantaenius – Smooth sailing is more than a favourable weather forecast
Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia As Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia, we get to see why they continue to grow their happy crew of customers. Sitting down with Pantaenius Australia’s MD, Jamie MacPhail, you immediately get a sense that the smooth sailing is a direct result of both their unique product and the marketplace’s willingness to embrace the better mousetrap
Posted on 27 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Large spectator fleet heading north for boat watching season
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of racing and cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 29 Mar
Southern Spars - 100Barz Optics - FloatersBakewell-White Yacht Design