The Grand Slam is also a key opportunity to get some practice on Lake Garda before next year’s world championships, as racing will be hosted by Yacht Club Circolo Vela Torbole, the organisers of the 2015 worlds.
The Italian lake is world-famous for its perfect sailing conditions of strong breezes and flat water. The venue lays on near-constant winds each day, with the ‘Pelér’ breeze, which typically blows from north to south early in the morning, then the famed ‘Ora’ wind, which blows from south to north, takes over from late morning until late in the afternoon offering fantastic racing conditions. Add in challenging effects from the surrounding mountains, and plenty of Italian sunshine, and it’s easy to see why Garda is such a favourite among regatta organisers.
The Italian Grand Slam has attracted around 30 boats with a strong international fleet that includes visitors from the UK, Russia, France and Monaco. Nine races are scheduled over a busy three-day programne, with registration on Thursday 22nd May, then three races per day planned for Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th.
See more event details at http://circolovelatorbole.com/it/regate/2014/