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28 August 2002, 11:01 am
New Team Racing Championship Starts Today
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GrandOptical Challenge Cup 2002 - Optimist Team Racing
Lake Ledro

The club national champions of fourteen European countries are in Italy for a unique new team racing competition.
As in the earliest days of international sailing (like the Americas Cup) teams represent clubs not countries. Each must have qualified by winning a national inter-club championship and be made up club members only.

Four-year sponsorship by eyewear retailer GrandOptical has enabled free entry, accommodation and charter for all teams. Prizes include four brand-new boats for the winning clubs. ISAF International Judge Luciano Giacomi heads the world-class umpire team.

The venue is the very beautiful alpine Lake Ledro, high above Garda, which is being developed by the F.V. Riva as a specialised team and match-racing centre.

The racing format will be a round-robin series followed by semi-finals and finals and will take place over the four days from 28-31 August.

Yacht Club Entries:
Albenga, Italy
Espoo, Finland
Gran Canaria, Spain
Hoorn, Netherlands
Horsens, Denmark
Kalamaki, Greece
Kullavik, Sweden
Lough Derg, Ireland
Mos Jlawa, Poland
Nitrokemia, Hungary
Piran, Slovenia
Royal Lymington, Great Britain
Split, Croatia
Taganrog, Russia

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