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28 March 2002, 02:44 pm
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Italian Easter Optimist Regatta
Lake Garda

The 640 Optimists entered for the Easter Meeting at Riva del Garda set a new record in the Guinness Book of Records for the highest number of entries in any one-design regatta.

The previous record was 534, held by the same club since 1992.The sailors come from fourteen countries and include for example 136 Danes.

The 640 boats end to end would cover almost half the width of the lake but are in fact have five separate starts

While the meeting is very much a festival of sailing, previous winners have included Siren Sundby (NOR), the youngest sailor at the Sydney Olympics.

Robert Wilkes/News Editor
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