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5 April 2004, 02:17 pm
Huge Turnout Expected On Lake Garda
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Italian Optimists
Lake Garda

Already over 700 young sailors have registered for the XXII edition of the International Optimist Class Meeting. The much awaited event is being hosted by the Fraglia Vela Riva from 8-11 April.
The local yacht club is expecting the number of entries to grow in the next few days, probably reaching a peak of 750-800. More than twenty nations will be represented.

The annual event has a strong following and has become quite a popular destination for the sailors, coaches and families over the Easter holidays. Nearly all the waterfront between Riva del Garda and Torbole will be utilised for storing and launching the many boats.

The event will start off with race one on Thursday, April 8. In the evening, the old town of Riva will host a parade of all the competitors, followed by the official opening ceremony.

Sailors will de divided in two categories:

- division A: born in the years 1994-1995. This fleet will sail 7 races.
- division B: born in 1989-90-91-92-93. This fleet will be divided into 6 groups which will start in 3 fleets with a round robin system. Ten races will be sailed.

Further details are available on the event website at the address below.
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