With or without wind, windsurf or SUP: you can have it all here in Garda Veneto!
If you love sports and sailing, this is your paradise! Here at Garda Veneto every part of the day is good to go out on a sailboat or a catamaran, do windsurfing or kitesurfing, and when the wind dies down go cruising in a canoe, a kayak or a stand up paddle: it’s a chance to discover coves and inlets you’d never see from the road.
In Alto Garda Veneto, meaning the part of Garda Veneto going from Brenzone sul Garda to Malcesine, the wind blows regularly for more than 10 hours a day. That is why this is one of the few places in the world where you can run downwind with the Pelèr from the north, and come back in the afternoon at the same point of sail thanks to the Ora, the wind from the south.
Because of the reliability of the winds, the Alto Garda Veneto is renowned internationally and considered the ideal place for regattas: sailing legends such as Russell Coutts, Paul Cayard, Frederik Loof or Robert Sheidt train here, and many Italian champions such as Roberto Benamati, Michele Marchesini, the Celon brothers, Manuel Modena, Luca Modena and Beppe Devoti have moved their first sporting steps here.
The Star Class World Championship, the best known yacht racing class, was held here in 2014, a first for a European lake. It was organized by Fraglia Vela of Malcesine, where even the Paralympic national team is based!
Also in the Basso Garda Veneto, the lower part between Bardolino and Peschiera del Garda are federation clubs and renowned sailing schools: in the summer training goes on in the upper part of the lake, which is windier, while in the winter the best site is from Garda down, where the chilly Pelèr wind is hardly felt.
This is why, especially around Peschiera del Garda, many practice traditional sports such as rowing and voga veneta (Venitian rowing). And if you want to fly over the water surface with a parachute, or ski over the lake towed by a motorboat, you can: simply try parasailing or wakeboarding!