Monday, January 12, 2009

Info on '09 Lake Garda (Italy) Optimist Regatta

Coach Søren Laugesen (who has coached LISOT at Team Trails for the past few years) is leading wonderful trip to this regatta, which runs over Easter weekend in April.

The Regatta, the 27th Lake Garda Optimist Meeting, runs from April 9-12. Pre-regatta practice days are April 5-7 with April 8th as a layday (perfect for a drive to Venice - less than 2 hours away).

This is one of the nicest regatta/vacations around for both sailors and parents alike. Details and preliminary NOR are on the event website.

The scenery is beautiful and there's always wind - usually 15-25 knots. Check out the photos from last years' regatta and see for yourself.

Last year’s regatta had 1,000 optis, with zero parent stress (the food and wine is pretty good too)! The local club, Fraglia Vela Riva, really knows what they’re doing!

Søren has been to this regatta for 18 years in a row, and taking US sailors for the past 10 years. There is no better coach and leader for this event! He will handle everything - lodging (Hotel Centrale in the town square, a 2 minute walk to the YC), opti charters, coach boat, meals, etc.

If you’d like to go, or would simply like more information, contact Søren at He needs 6-8 sailors to make it viable.

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