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RS Aero European Championships - Malcesine, Garda, Italy


   RS Aero European Championship
   FV Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy
   31 July - 6 August 2021 
Online Entry: Now open HERE
Entry Fee: 260 Euro, late Entry Fee is 290 Euro after 9th July, 10 Euro paypal fee is added if paying that way.
Format: Maximum of 13 races over 5 days, maximum of 4 races per day.
A mix of morning and afternoon racing for variety.
Notice of Race & Info: On the Event Notice Board. Pre-NoR is posted whilst NoR is approved by FIV, the Italian Federation
Charter RS Aeros: Now released, link below
Saturday 31st July: Practicing & Measurement
Sunday 1st Aug: Measurement. An onshore coaching session in the morning will be followed by the Practice Race in the afternoon. Opening Ceremony
Monday 2nd Aug: First race 13:00
Tuesday 3rd Aug: Regatta Dinner
Friday 6th Aug: Awards Ceremony after racing
In 2021 we return to Fraglia Vela Malcesine on Lake Garda for our RS Aero European Championship, after our fantastic European Championship here in 2019. 
Lake Garda is one of Europe's premier meccas of sail sports, situated in the wonderful Italian Lakes with thermal breezes, excellent weather, incredible views and Italian cuisine! Check out the movies, photos and reports from our previous visits for the 2016 & 2017 RS Aerocups and the 2019 RS Aero Europeans at Malcesine.
Championship racing will be 5 days, Monday 2nd - Friday 6th. The weekend will be for registration, relaxation, practice and acclimatisation! One or two early starts are planned during the week, racing in the morning breeze descending from the mountains. This will add variety to the racing and allow for the possibility of a part lay day mid week, if we are finished by late morning. Time for touristing, partners & families! 
Daily Pasta Parties are included after racing, with Daily Awards and the customery Top-Tips from the day’s leaders in each fleet, whilst relaxing with friends at FV Malcesine’s patio bar looking across the lake to the towering cliffs opposite - this is not to be missed!
In addition to the Grand Opening Ceremony and final Closing Ceremony, FV Malcesine will lay on a mid week Championship Dinner from their exquisite premises.
Malcesine, Lake Garda 
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and Malcesine lies on the eastern shore towards the narrow and mountainous northern end, often compared to a fiord. Fraglia Vela Malcesine is situated on the doorstep of paradise, racing in the thermal breezes on the infamous fresh waters of Lake Garda, underneath the dramatic mountainous backdrop. The stylish clubhouse, ameple space and easy launching, all serve to provide a perfectly memorable stay
The recommended area is Campagnola just to the south of the FVM Clubhouse. A variety of hotels and camping are available.
HOTELS: Click HERE for a good link to find nice hotels by the lake in the area. We suggest hotels in Campagnola or heading towards Malcesine from Campagnola. Look at the map on that site.
Then we can all be close for meeting up. 
The recommended hotel is Hotel Piccolo which is the closest at just 500m south of the club and overlooking the lake, but it fills up early.
CAMPING: There are several camp sites just to the south. One is Camping Claudia, close to the lake and just 1km from the Club.
Charter RS Aeros
RS Sailing are offering a fleet of charter RS Aeros for those unable to transport their own RS Aeros or keen to try-out an RS Aero at a major event. Is there anywhere better for a first experience of an RS Aero? Bring a friend! The price will be 650 Euros and they can be booked via RS' new dedicated website HERE.
Please take time to read the 'Charter Booking & Information' and 'Charter Boat FAQ' in the drop down menu there and be sure to book whilst availability lasts.
Information on the requirements to enter Italy from different countries; https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/index_en.html 
Covid antigen tests can be booked locally at Malcesine Pharmacy (opposite BestWind at the roundabout) by phoning them on +39 045 740 0042 for those sailors whose nations require them for return.
8 July - Announcement that quarantine for fully vaccinated Brits returning to the UK is set to end on 19th July, so there is a chance of a few more late UK entries yet! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57763173 
2 July - The early entry discount rate is extended one week until Friday 9th July to enable travellers more certainty in the situation with a late decision to attend. 
24 June - An exemption from the Covid-19 self-isolation on entering Italy is valid for sporting events for all foreign Athletes (UK included) announced;
14 June - Online Entry now open and Pre NoR posted 
3 June - The event title is now amended to 'European Championship' following consultation. That way we can look forward to a 'successful' European Championship rather than the likelihood of a 'soft', perhaps disappointing, Worlds. This action feels appropriate and fair with so much of the World unable to join and for many more the trip is either unviable or discouraged due to their local restriction policies. 
It is expected that overall entry numbers will be largely unaffected by the new title. On the ground it will be a similar event with excellent racing, same size fleet, same charter fleet and the same huge fun. Just a revised title.
We can hope for further eases in restrictions in the weeks to come which will help us achieve a successful European Championship.
6 May - From 15 May, Green pass in Italy ending quarantine for visitors (in addition to existing sporting event exemptions)
26 April - Italian regions have covid restrictions eased. Those reduced to 'yellow' categorisation include Veneto who host our major Italian event this year at Malcesine on Lake Garda. For European countries attending national sporting competitions in Italy a covid test within 48 hours of border entry is enough and you do not need 5 day quarantine on entering Italy. 
Here is the link from the Italian sailing national authority, FIV, regarding international travel into Italy for national sporting events;
23 April - E.U. Set to Let Vaccinated U.S. Tourists Visit This Summer; 
12 April - The Italian national authority, FIV, have recently given their approval for the event. 

Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Lake Garda, ITALY
Centro Velico Simone Lombardi, Via Gardesana 205, Frazione Navene, 37018 Malcesine, Italy

Website: http://www.fragliavela.org/#

Things to do at Malcesine;
Visit Malcesine, Torbole & Riva del Garda - each full of history and splendour 
Lake Trips & Cruises - Regular ferries & cruises from Malcesine's Quay
Cableway to Monte Baldo - climbs from Malcesine to 1760m for breath taking views over the lake and pleasant mountain walking.

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