Garda 2015 Olympic Week comes to a close: a beautiful week of Olympic sailing confirms Upper Lake Garda as one of the best places in the world for sailing par excellence.
Today was the final day of Garda Trentino Olympic Week, the second leg of the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup, with the medal races being held ( the top ten qualifying for each final), with northerly winds of around 10 knots for nearly all the classes.
The medal race saw a high level of technical skill and most of all a very high representation from many different countries qualifying.
The most exciting regatta was that of the Laser Standard which ended in a photo finish. Job well done for the organisers: Fraglia Vela Riva, representatives of Eurosaf and the Italian Sailing Federation, the support of various clubs of Upper Garda who not only acted as logistical bases for the 500 athletes but also played a fundamental role in the on water organisation of the event, Lega Navale Italiana, Circolo Vela Arco, Circolo Surf Torbole and Fraglia Vela Malcesine.
Michele Marchesini, technical director of the national team commented: “Garda Trentino Olympic Week, the second leg of the Eurosaf tour concluded today with a technical level decidedly superior to previous years. It was really a wonderful edition with Italian Olympic sailing winning in five classes with a total of 9 medals and 20 qualifiers for the medal races. We can say that we are very satisfied with the results. The waters of Garda have confirmed that we are ready for the next Eurosaf date at Medemblik in The Netherlands and especially for the next stage of the ISAF Sailing World Cup scheduled in Weymouth, England in mid June.”
Garda 2015 – Laser Standard
This race was truly heart stopping in which Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA went in with an 8 point lead. The Frenchman was able to win the title despite coming in sixth in the Medal Race, just two points ahead of outstanding Olympian Robert Scheidt BRA. By coming in third in the Medal Race he upped his position from the day before. Nick Thompson GBR won the bronze coming in tenth in the Medal Race.
Garda 2015 – Laser Radial
Belgian Evi Van Acker dominated the women’s category by also winning the Medal Race. Silver went to Tuula Tenkanen FIN, finishing fifth today, while Gintare Scheidt LTU completed event podium in third place after finishing second in the Medal Race.