Optimist sailors from around Europe had last night the chance to meet the stars of the Americas Cup and World Match Racing at a special reception in Riva del Garda.
Russell COUTTS was obviously the main attraction but other well-known skippers like Jesper RADICH and Ed BAIRD also got a lot of attention, while the young Polish team headed straight for Karol JABLONSKI. Earlier a well-organised question and answer session had produced insights into life at the top. Asked about the importance of coaches, Coutts replied frankly that one of their key jobs was to keep an eye on what the opposition were doing!
The Optimist sailors from thirteen countries are in nearby Ledro for inter-club team racing and some of the luckier ones will be staying on to watch the start of the ISAF Match Racing World Championship, which started yesterday on Lake Garda.