GC32 World Championship - Riva del Garda, Italy

24 May - 27 May 2018

The GC32 World Championship sees the Extreme Sailing Series™ and GC32 Racing Tour fleets combine and provides the second scoring stage of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series.

What time zone do I need to set my watch to? UTC+2

What will the weather be like? The weather should be warm during the day, with an average temperature of 17°C, but be prepared for rain.

What should I see and do while I’m there? The landscape of Riva del Garda and the surrounding area provides a natural playground with activities for all, from a relaxing swim in the lake, to climbing or canyoning in the mountains for adrenaline-junkies. If you are not afraid of a challenge, take on the steep walk to the Bastione, a chalk-white castle that clings precariously to the cliffs above the town. It’s worth it just for the view. To be blown away by the awesome power of nature, pay a visit to Cascata del Varone, a thundering 100m waterfall. Be sure to take your raincoat!

What traditional delicacies should I try? The regions surrounding the lake are renowned for their light and delicate extra virgin olive oil, which perfectly complements the freshwater fish from the lake. Ideally your meal is accompanied by the excellent wine produced in local vineyards.

Any interesting facts? Lake Garda is famed for its lemons, which are used to make limoncino liquer, lemon custards and sweets. Lemons were introduced to Lake Garda in the 13th century and lemon-houses were built with high walls and roofs to protect the trees from the cold north-easterly wind. The distinctive structures can still be spotted today.

Who will be racing?

The 15 boat fleet represents the coming together of the two GC32 circuits: The Extreme Sailing Series – an eight-stop global ultimate Stadium Racing championship, and the GC32 Racing Tour, a five-event championship across southern Europe.

Why Lake Garda?

Recognised internationally as one of the best sailing venues in the world Riva del Garda is the perfect location for the first ever GC32 World Championship event. The largest lake in Italy, Garda offers perfect foiling conditions for the fleet with flat water, a stunning mountainous backdrop and a daily thermal wind that kicks in daily at 12.00 at a regular 15 knots.

Getting there:

By rail

The nearest railway station to Riva del Garda is at Rovereto (20km) to the east. From Rovereto, the buses of Trentino Trasporti offer a shuttle service to the northern end of the lake. Otherwise, there are the stations at the southern end of the lake at Desenzano or Peschiera, with bus services offered by the Verona area company ATV.

By car

You can reach Lake Garda by car along the motorway or state road. 
The A22 Brenner-Modena motorway connects the localities on the east and north shore of the lake, and the A4 Milan-Venice motorway connects the localities on the south shore. If instead, you choose the normal road, the SS 249 Gardesana Orientale goes along the east shore of the lake and the SS 45 bis Gardesana Occidentale runs along the west shore.

Exit Rovereto Sud A22 - destinations:

Tremosine, Limone, Riva del Garda, Torbole, Malcesine.


Event Schedule

Wednesday 23rd May

  • 10.00
    Main event skipper’s and safety boat drivers briefing.
  • 13.00
    Practice Races 
  • 18.30
    Press Conference at Fraglia Vela Riva
  • 19.30
    Opening Ceremony /Aperitif

Thursday 24th May

  • 10.00
    Skippers’ Briefing.

Friday 25th May

  • 10.00
    Skippers’ Briefing.

Saturday 26th May

  • 10.00
    Skippers' Briefing.

Sunday 27th May

  • 10.00
    Skippers' Briefing.
  • 17.00
    Price Giving