Please select your home edition
Edition
Vaikobi 2019 - Leaderboard 2

37th Lake Garda Optimist Meeting - Overall

by Fraglia Vela Riva 22 Apr 23:09 PDT 19-22 April 2019
Marco Gradoni wins at the 37th Lake Garda Optimist Meeting © Zerogradinord

The predictions made at the eve of the grand finale of the 37th Lake Garda Meeting Optimist have been fully respected: Marco Gradoni and Erik Scheidt, who on Sunday entered the last day of racing in Riva del Garda as leaders of the Junior and Cadet rankings respectively, are the winners of the 37th edition of the event organized by Fraglia Vela Riva.

The last day of racing saw the very young Cadets (born in 2009 and 2010) complete two further races, bringing to eight the total of the series sailed in the waters of North Lake Garda: Erik Scheidt, with partial scores of 1-2, left behind him the German athlete Amelie Ropke (16-4) with a margin of 4 points. The duel between the two young sailors had begun already in the first races of the series and went on all throughout the week. Bronze medal for Sofia Bommartini (2-1) from Fraglia Vela Malcesine, protagonist of an excellent day on Sunday and winner of the last race of the series in Riva del Garda.

In the Juniores category, Marco Gradoni and Richard Schultheis started the day on equal points at the top of the ranking. The first regatta is a duel between the two, almost a match race, with Gradoni taking off a couple of lengths in the last few meters and gaining the victory, leaving the Maltese athlete in third place. In the second and last race of the series, Gradoni takes home another bullet and Schultheis slips into 15th position. The local, young sailor, Alex Demurtas benefits from this situation and manages to who climb up to the second place in the general standings, overtaking the Maltese athlete.

The podium of the 37th edition of the Garda Optimist Meeting sees Marco Gradoni in first place with 10 points, followed by Alex Demurtas with 22 and Robert Schultheis with 26. The Swedish Lukas Lindstrom and the German Caspar Ilgenstein complete the top five. First female is Yanne Broers, twenty-second in the overall standings.

Giancarlo Mirandola, President of Fraglia Vela Riva, declared: "With great pride and satisfaction, we have completed this 37th edition of the Garda Optimist Meeting. This year, we were particularly lucky also with the weather conditions, that gave us a week that almost looked like summer, with warm sun and steady Ora wind, never below 7 knots. It's already time to look forward, in 2020 we will also host the Optimist Worlds so it will be a great year for Fraglia Vela Riva. Thanks to all the participants, to the staff of the Fraglia Vela Riva, to all employees and volunteers, and last but not least to our partners: without them, this great organization would not be possible".

Full results are available here.

Related Articles

Royal Lymington Junior Regatta
Many fully paid-up members of the 20+ knots Club This year's Royal Lymington Yacht Club (RLymYC) Junior Regatta certainly had its moments as the strong winds and choppy conditions called for last minute course changes across all four fleets. Posted on 19 Aug
Autumn Events at Shustoke Sailing Club
A busy few months of open events ahead The autumn weather seems upon us already and Shustoke Sailing Club has a busy few months of open events ahead, welcoming old and new fleets to our waters... Posted on 18 Aug
Optimist British Nationals at the WPNSA
340 sailors from 17 different countries take part On the final day of the Optimist British Nationals the light winds ensured that the final results were only decided after the last race. Posted on 5 Aug
Ora Cup Ora: 575 final participants
A new record of the event A day of waiting between a storms today at the Circolo Vela Arco, on Garda Trentino (Italy), for the 80 cadets (9-10 years) and 482 juniors (11-15 years) enrolled in the 25th Ora Cup Ora. Posted on 2 Aug
The Water Shed stocks Zhik Wet Weather gear
Zhik's well respected dinghy gear retailer The Water Shed expands its Zhik range Our well-respected North Shore dinghy retailer, The Water Shed, has now expanded their range to include Zhik wet weather gear. Drop in to check out the performance gear that helped Volvo Ocean Race winners, Dongfeng Race Team to their win Posted on 1 Aug
GBR Optimist teams have a busy summer
Flying off to the Worlds, Europeans, and regattas in Estonia/Belgium At the GBR Selection Trials in May teams were selected to represent GBR at various events this summer; the World Championships (Antigua), European Championships (France), Spinnaker International Regatta (Estonia) and the Nieuwpoortweek Regatta (Belgium). Posted on 24 Jul
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race
Youth competition and camarade at Long Beach Yacht Club It was family fun day at the 32nd annual Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race Thursday, July 18! The event for seven to 17-year old's saw 122 boats race along a five-mile course that took 12 classes of dinghies, helmed by 144 young sailors Posted on 21 Jul
North Sails Weekly Debrief
A week of World Champions North Sails is proud to add three new world champions to the #NSVictoryList. Beyond cleaning up on World Champ titles, North Sails outfitted the inventories on 12 of the 14 podium finishers. Posted on 20 Jul
Royal Lymington YC Junior Regatta preview
Building confidence is a key focus this August Building confidence is a key focus at this year's Royal Lymington Yacht Club (RLymYC) Junior Regatta (August 5-9). A new programme on and off the water will help build the confidence of younger less experienced sailors. Posted on 14 Jul
Optimist World Championship day 1
Team work and sportsmanship characterised the first day of lively team racing Team work, sportsmanship and some good-natured competitive banter characterised the first day of lively team racing during the 2019 Optimist World Championship. Posted on 13 Jul
WindBot-COACH-660x82RS Sailing 2019 - FooterZhik 2018 Hyeres 728x90 BOTTOM