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22nd Torbole Europa Meeting at Circolo Vela Torbole

by Elena Giolai 13 Apr 06:40 BST 9-11 April 2022

The wait of two years for the return of the Torbole Europa Meeting was rewarded with eight races and beautiful, tough wind conditions, which came after Saturday's bad weather and strong winds from the north, both on Sunday and Monday with sunshine, clear skies and a powerful southerly wind that always blew between 18 and over 20 knots.

At the Circolo Vela Torbole, with the collaboration of the Italian Sailing Federation and the Garda Trentino Vela Consortium for the management of the race course with its electric buoys, the 22nd edition of one of the best-known regattas dedicated to the Europa class (formerly the women's Olympic class before the Laser Radial) highlighted the best trained and youngest crews, more than half of the 170 participants.

In terms of results, the 22nd Torbole Europa Meeting saw the dominance of Denmark in the top 15, although the men's victory went to Lars Johan Brodtkorb of Norway, who literally triumphed with five partial victories, two seconds and an eleventh entry. Eight points behind, in second place, the Dane Oscar Thule, third the Swede Krensler, only one point behind Thule and protagonist of four partial victories in his battery.

Plump World Champion Soren Johnsen (Denmark) was fourth. Danish victory among women with Anna Livbjerg (13th overall with 2-4-5 as best partials), nine times world champion and still reigning world champion; second the German Menke and third the Swedish Lanner.

Trentino's Upper Lake Garda, a real wind machine, will from now on have an increasingly full calendar offering international regattas every week, with an influx not only of racers, but also of their families who do not miss out on a holiday in an area that allows many outdoor activities. The waters of the lake will be coloured more and more by sails of all sizes and types: the Easter holidays are an opportunity to train or take part in regattas.

In the middle of the week the Garda Optimist Meeting will begin at Fraglia Vela Riva, with around a thousand participants, coaches and families in tow: a real kick-off to the tourist season, which has in fact already begun thanks to the organization of many sailing and sporting events that have been enlivening the Upper Lake Garda area since March.

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