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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.

An evening SUP race on the lake at Assenza, near Brenzone was set up by one of the nearby beach centres. The men and women raced a heat and a finals around the island of Trimelone.

Our instructor Jaz took on the locals in a SUP race

Following on from a previous week's men's SUP race, this was a women's race with two heats of 10 and a final of 10 with a course around the island of Trimelone.

Jaz surpassed our expectation (but maybe not hers) by proceeding to the final in second in her heat and then winning the final in a close finish that I couldn't photograph because it was dark.

Tremendous paddling by Jaz, I'll not be suggesting a race against her. Our Red Paddle SUPs can be hired by the hour and are perfect for newcomers to the sport  (we also provide lessons) or just those wanting fun on the water.