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4 July 2004, 06:41 pm
Lake Garda - A Sailing Paradise
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© Camille Parrain

49er European Championship
Torbole, Lake Garda

Lake Garda is already famous for windsurfing but also for sailing. This safe place, with perfect wind conditions, warm temperatures and a beautiful landscape, attracts a great number of sailing enthusiasts.
The 49er European Championships will be held in this lake surrounded by Monte Baldo. The mountains bring two famous winds. This is due to the different temperatures of the water and the mountains. Peler, Northern wind, is blowing in the morning and Ora, Southern wind, appears at midday. Ora was blowing around 20 knots these last two days for the great pleasure of 49er sailors who could rather do the Grand Prix in Riva, go training or even relax and go windsurfing. However, according to the local people, this year the weather is more unpredictable.

Being the last regatta for the class before the Olympics in Athens, the atmosphere is relaxed as most of the selections are made and the minds are focused on the Games. These Europeans will be more like a training although some countries and teams still have to prove their level.
Measurement started today, Sunday 4th of July, and will go on until Monday morning.

The sailors will warm up Monday with a practice race. Championship races will start on Tuesday. Around 60 boats are registered and more are expected.
Camille Parrain (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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