Centomiglia del Garda
is the most famous Italian inshore yacht race, definitely well-known all over the World! Sixty-two editions for a race this is a kind of a record. The Centomiglia is probably the best way to show entire world marvellous blue waters of Garda lake.
As for the history of Centomiglia, the first Centomiglia organised by the Circolo Vela Gargnano took place in 1951. It is the tour of Lake Garda and its name recalls the “Mille Miglia” motor race, and just like in this competition, everyone is free to take part. The first competition saws 17 boats at the start. In the following years, the most peculiar, different and very fast boats took part in the competition of Lake Garda. The competitors were won by Olympic boats such as the “5.50”S.I. Metre and the “Star” , the “Tornado”, fast boats such as the “Renjollen”and the oceanic boats such as the 1a IOR “Guia” of Giorgio Falck which won in 1971. Since the mid-seventies it has been the “Classe Libera” who has triumphed. This is a new class which started up with the “Centomiglia Style”. The Italian boat “Cassiopea” belonging to Franco Nocivelli won four times, with an Italian crew while a German boat “Quartas “ skippered by Sepp Hoess, Flying Dutchman world champion, retorted.. While from Switzerland the Olympic champion Noverraz sailed the Centomiglia. In the eighties, the “super-leggero “ model., created by Bruce Farr was very popular on Lake Garda; the architect from New Zealand who is the one who has been going on designing the very fast sailing boats such as the one that won the last “Round The World “. Among the skippers whose names have been linked with the Centomiglia there are as well as the already mentioned Falck (winner on two occasions) , the late –lamented President of the World Sailing Federation, Beppe Croce; the Swiss brothers Fehlmann, several times protagonists in the Round the World Race, Flavio Scala the 12 metre World Champion of the America’s Cup; the Olympic Champion Fabio Albarelli, and the Italian sailors Mario Celon, Luca Santella and Giorgio Zuccoli ; the German Champion and the World Vice-Champion of the Star class Werner Fritz; the Chairman of the Circolo Vela Gargnano, Andrea Damiani, four times winner, and the three times winner Slovenian Dusan Puh. Over the years, boats have arrived to compete in the Centomiglia built specifically to win the race, and with these boats come skippers trained to do their best. The first weekend in September on Lake Garda is epic sailboat racing theatre where the most prestigious and spectacular race in the world in fresh water is held.
The 62nd Centomiglia Race (circumnavigating the entire lake Garda on September 8 and 9) and other regattas such as the 46th Riccardo Gorla Trophy, the 50 Miglia (September 2), the MultiCento race and the Cento People, the race for therapy sailing projects and Paralympics fleets, and finally the “Childrenwincup” on 22nd and 23rd September, are just some of the many regattas on the program that Circolo Vela Gargnano Yacht Club is preparing.
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