The Optimist European Team Racing Championship is started.

After yesterday’s opening ceremony in the streets of Pieve di Ledro which was attended by the Vice President of the Optimist Class, Carmen Casco who declared the official opening of the Championship, today at the start of the first races.

Sixteen teams from 16 different nations for a total of sixty-four athletes.

Despite the weather that did not seem to announce anything good, the clouds opened on the Valle di Ledro and the wind started to blow.

Thirty-eight matches disputed, for a total of 9 flights and a half, the Italian team, current champion, composed of the reigning European Champion, Allessandro Cortese (CV Crotone), the female European champion Federica Contardi (Tognazzi Marine Village), Lorenzo Pezzilli (CV Ravennate) and Lisa Vucetti (SV Barcola Grignano), followed by the coach Marcello Meringolo beat France, Netherlands, Sweden and Norway, one defeat for the “Azzurrini! against Great Britain, but nothing is decided yet.

The appointment is therefore scheduled for tomorrow at 9.30 am for the briefing and then drops into the water for the second day of racing, again three days before assigning the continental title to Optimist teams.

Italians got the European Youth Match Race title

There was few wind on Saturday in Valle di Ledro, but despite this, the EUROSAF YOUTH MATCH RACE EUROPEANS program was concluded.

Rocco Attili with Ludovico Mori and Giulio Tamburini, faced the finals by appearing first and held up against the outgoing European champions the French with Aurelien Pierroz, Lucas Peuziat and Theau Guilcher.
With a score of 3 to 2, the Italians climb the highest step of the podium second step goes to the European champions 2018, Aurelien Pierroz’s French team.
The English have to settle for third place with Matt Whitfield, Ted and David Blowers who had appeared on the starting line as the favorites being 20 in world rankings and having won the first round robin with 0 defeats, the Danes of Emil Kjaer, Basti Sorensen and Nicolai Bækgaard got the fourth place.

So much the satisfaction of the Associazione Vela Lago di Ledro that has been hosting international regattas for three weeks, only fifteen days ago the women’s continental match race title was awarded on Lake Ledro, last week the prestigious OM INTERNATIONAL LEDRO MATCH RACE trophy and Saturday the youth continental match race title.

The words of President Camilla Baruzzi: “first of all, thanks go to my team, which has proved to be of unquestionable professionalism and it was exciting to see how young sailors proved to be mature and tireless, collaborating with the Club’s veterans, this is the real luck of our Association, to be able to count on the voluntary work of the members of the Club who are invaluable during these events, giving great prominence to the Association and the Valle di Ledro but they are also very tiring.
The Race Committee and the International Jury carried out an impeccable job completing all the scheduled matches, the sailors proved to be serious and prepared despite their young age.
Once the regattas have been archived it is time to think about the Sailing School, in fact the boys will start sailing courses on Monday, a precious opportunity to introduce our sport to youngs “

OM INTERNATIONAL LEDRO MATRCH RACE – New Zeland’s Team is the winner

A fantastic panorama of the Valle di Ledro on Sunday was the setting for the last day of the 10th edition of OM INTERNATIONAL LEDRO MATCH RACE gr.2.

All the matches fought until the finish line, intense the races that have put a strain on both the competitors and the Jury, led by the Chief Umpire Bruce Hebbert, as well as by the Race Committee, chaired by Fabio Barrasso.

In the end the victory went to the New Zealand Knot Racing with Nick Egnot Johnson at the helm, Sam Barnett to the sheets and Zak Merton in the bow, second the favorites, and winners of the last edition, the Estonians of EESTI MATCH RACE LIAT by Mati Sepp , Karl Kolk and Karl Hannestagv ..

For the third and fourth place, the Slovenians of LUMBA Match Race Team with Dejan Presen, Miha Truden and Jure Jerkovick met the Polish HRM Racing Team of Lukasz Wosinski, Igor Tarasiuk and Marcin Banaszak.
The best were the Polish who beat the Slovenians who were among the favorites 2-0, as well as for the world ranking also because it is the tenth consecutive year that they participate in the events organized by the Associazione Vela Lago di Ledro.

Once this regatta is over, the president Camilla Baruzzi and her team have only two days of rest and then put back into action the whole organizational machine that will see them engaged in the last match race regatta that will start on Wednesday, the European Youth Championship.

Great satisfaction of the Associazione Vela Lago di Ledro that among the few Club in Italy to organize these types of regattas and is the only one in Trentino.


Nick Egnot – Johnson (NZL)
Mati Sepp (EST)
Lukasz Wosinski (POL)
Dejan Presen (SLO)
Aurelien Pierroz (FRA)
James Pinder (GBR)
Rocco Attili (ITA)
Vladimir Lipavsky (RUS)
Kim Kling (SWE)
Piotr Harasimowicz (POL)
Maria Ramires (POR)


Heading  the tenth edition of OM INTERNATIONAL LEDRO after 40 matches the kiwis of Knot Racing with Nick Egnot Johnson at the helm

Perfect day for the match race regattas, gusty wind, which made possibility to see the true skills of the sailors.
The level of the skippers who sailed from 10 in the morning to 17:30 is very high, for now there are the New Zealanders with Nick Egnot Johnson, Sam Barnett and Zak Merton, on equal points with the Slovenians of Lumba Match Race Team with Dejan Presen, Miha Truden and Jure Jerkovic who are in second place having lost the direct match with the New Zealanders, third provisional place from the 6 in the WS’ ranking the Estonians of EESTI MATCH RACE LIIT with Mati Sepp, Karl Kolk and Karl Hannestagv.

Tomorrow is scheduled to finish with the remaining 18 matches to finish the round robin and then will decide whether to continue with another round robin or to start the King of the Castle, while from the first to the fourth they will play the semi finals.

Efficient organization of the Vela Lago di Ledro Association, which as always has very valid volunteers able to manage every type of situation.


The Eurosaf Women Match Race Europeans ended today, which saw the French favorite respecting the prognostics. In fact, she won the Finals over the German 3-1, both appearing in the finals after three consecutive victories in the semi-finals, they left the British team Athena Racing with the young Octavia Owen at the helm, against the Swedish Stockolm Match Race Team, helmed by Sanna Hager who managed to get on the third step of the podium.

Pauline Courtois at the helm of Match in Pink, first ranked of the world sailing ranking, got the better of the German HSC Women’s Match Race Team that appeared at Ledro after many years of stop but immediately found a feeling both between the crew and the wind of the Lake Ledro.

Great satisfaction for the Associazione Vela Lago di Ledro for hosting a Women Championship, now two days off for the Sailing Club and then start again with the tenth edition of OM INTERNATIONAL LEDRO MATCH RACE gr.2.


Yesterday, in Valle di Ledro, the European Women’s Match Race Championship has begun, after the boat practice the President of the Jury declared the Championship open.

Six crews will try to win the continental title that will be awarded Sunday at the Associazione Vela Lago di Ledro

Today, the Race Committee, chaired by Carmelo Paroli in accordance with the International Jury headed by Michael O’Connor, have decided to carry on as much as possible with the program as the weather forecast for tomorrow is not so good, thus concluding 2 round robins .

After a long day of racing, the French crew Match in Pink led by the first in the World ranking list Pauline Courtois followed by the german Silke Hahlbrock Basedow of HSC Women Match Race who decided to start again from Ledro with the match race, third for the moment the British crew of Octavia Owen, the youngest of the athletes.

Tomorrow, the weather seems not to be favorable, but nothing is taken for granted and we will try to give the starting signal at 10.00.

RESULTS 1 ROUND ROBIN: http://www.avll.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/RR1.pdf

RESULTS 2 ROUND ROBIN: http://www.avll.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/RR2.pdf


The 2019 match race season of the Associazione Vela Lago di Ledro will be full of events.

Four events on the calendar for this year

  • OM INTERNATIONAL LEDRO MATCH RACE gr. 2 – 27-30 June 2019
  • LEDRO EUROPEAN MATCH RACE TOUR – 29 August – 1 September 2019

Online all the Notices of Race at the following link

The registration deadline for all the regattas is set for April 1, 2o19.

We are waiting for you !!