Charles escapes from the office!Final RYA dinghy course of the 2015 seasonFVM Social Regatta 2015 with Topper Topaz boats on showFun with Marco – learning to windsurf

Demonstrating windsurfing on Garda Lake - the duck gybe

Windsurfing on Garda is tremendous fun as there's a strong wind on 80%+ days with a choice of Beaufort 4 to 5 in the mornings or Bft 3 - 4 in the warm, afternoon wind. See more about  windsurfing on Garda here.

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... and here's some action over the waves at Limone

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It was a rare chance for Charles to enjoy windsurfing as there was a really good wind and, strangely, no clients to watch over. It was very windy over by Limone (about 2km from our beach - 4 minutes on a planing reach!) so its the Starboard Kode 103 with a Severne Blade 5.3m.

We rent large boards and small, dacron sails to beginners and have advanced boards and performance sails for more experienced sailors. See the range here.

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!

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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.

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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.

Having fun learning to windsurf on Lake Garda

Marco showing that learning to windsurf is also great fun, especially at Europa Surf and Sail. With the focus on getting on the water and experiencing windsurfing, even if that means being towed for a while, everyone gets to travel around the lake and see the wonderful sights.

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Learning to windsurf with some extra fun from Marco

Beware though as he's very strict. When he says "Spaghetti!" you jump in, when he says "Pomodoro!" stand on one foot, when he says "Pizza" you kneel on the board and for "Cipolla!" you drag a foot in the water. Sometimes ex-students still jump when they hear him!

We run courses for all ages and abilities, usually with small groups or a family. See our courses here.