Twenty-four Nations at Riva del Garda with only one objective:
No sooner has the Riva club just celebrated the the victory of its own athlete at the 32nd Garda Optimist Meeting than Fraglia Vela Riva is again hard at work preparing for another regatta. Although it is not on par numerically with the Optimist Meeting, it is technically one of the most important events in the racing season as it is the Continental Qualifier for Europe and Africa for the Youth Olympic Games scheduled for August in Nanjing, China. Byte CII qualifying countries for boys and girls aged 15/16 along with the windsurf Techno 293 will represent World juvenile Olympic sailing at the 2nd edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games.
As well as awarding the World title and the Continental Qualifier for Europe and Africa, Riva del Garda will host the coaches affiliated to the numerous federations, among them Alessandra Sensini representing Italy. The first 6 continental nations will qualify for Europe, the first 6 boys and the first 6 girls while Africa will have the first 2 M & F. Hungary and Croatia boys and Hungary and The Netherlands girls have already qualified their countries for the European Continent in the previous World Championships
Twenty-four countries have already registered with a strong representation from Brazil, The Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, Canada and Singapore. Team Singapore has been training on Lake Garda for more than a week with the Optimist team coach. In addition to organising such events as the International Byte Cll class and Nautivela, Fraglia Vela Riva also has its own athletes taking part: Vittorio Gallinaro will be competing not only for an Olympic qualification, but also for a medal place.
The first racing gets under way at 11.00 am, Wednesday. There will be a total of 4 races per day, with a maximum of 13
Below Singapore sailors get in some early training on the lake