Category Archives: Dinghy

School sailing initiative takes off

A new school sailing initiative by Europa Surf and Sail with the Fraglia Vela Malcesine to introduce school children from Lombardia, Trentino and Veneto to the sport of sailing attracted schools from the Veneto region for three days of mixed aquatic sport.

Earlier this year, groups of teachers were invited to sample our facilities and meet the instructors and managers of Europa Surf and Sail and of the Malcesine Sailing Centre (FVM). As a result, many planned trips for their students and nearly 100 students have now experienced sailing, many for the first time.

The days were split into dinghy, catamaran, SUP and kayak sessions and everyone had the chance to be active in steering and crewing boats as well as managing SUPing and kayaking.

Gill and Andrew Schofield demonstrating the best way to recover a 'man overboard' during an RYA dinghy course

Despite it being October, we had bright sunshine and warm winds for our final RYA course of 2015 - an RYA Dinghy course (Level 2) in one of our Topper Topaz Argos. Everything was set fair for the usual tasks of picking up a mooring and the 'man overboard' manoeuvre, featuring Europa Surf and Sail's very own MOB - BOB!

Gill and Andrew hope to practise their skills on Lake Zug, near Zurich but we also hope to see them again for the hot, windy days in June, July and August next year, perhaps in one of our ISOs?

RYA courses at Europa surf and sail

We run RYA dinghy courses, RYA catamaran courses and RYA windsurf courses throughout the summer. Our RYA courses are personalized to suit our clients and range from the intensive 2-day certificate course which runs from 09:00 to 17:00 each day to the more relaxed afternoons only 5-day courses. Usually each course is for one small group or family which maximizes your time learning while doing!

The Europa Surf and Sail fleet was out in force for the latest social regatta on Lake Garda, run by the FV Malcesine (our municipal sailing centre and base on Lake Garda). Topaz cats, Argos, Omegas and an Uno were all visible in amongst the cabin boats and Optimists.

The Europa Surf and Sail fleet in a regatta on Lake Garda

Great fun for all on a hot and sunny day. Charles once again rented half of the Europa fleet to local club sailors for a token fee to enable Optimist and Laser sailors to experience catamaran and two/three-person dinghy sailing. You can see Toppers, Topaz Unos, Topaz catamarans, Topaz Argos and a Topaz Omega mixed in with other boats and windsurfers.

The dinghy event was won by our friends Paola and Michele in an ISO but everyone sailed well and had a great day.

The Topper Topaz Argo sailing on Lake Garda, crewed by three visitors on a break from a climbing holiday in Alto Adige. It's a great dinghy suited to two or three sailors with a simple gennaker system enabling great fun for even intermediate sailors and we have four of them!

Our Topaz Argo on a sunny day on Lake Garda

David from the US Argo sailing with Marianne and Sunny from Australia. Great skills putting a Topaz Argo through its paces as a break from travelling and climbing. Nice sailing guys! We hope the climbing up North is going well (David) and the return journey was good (Sunny, Marianne).