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World Record Turnout at Optimist Meeting Regatta

April 8-11, 2004 - Lake Garda, Italy

More than 3,000 people - competitors, parents, coaches, relatives - are in Riva del Garda for 22nd Annual International Optimist Class Meeting. Hosted by the Fraglia Vela Riva, this regatta has already been listed in past Guinness World Records. However, this year the event has reached a new record of entries: 784. Entries came from twenty-two countries, where the snow-capped mountains and the bright blue waters of Lake Garda provided the perfect backdrop for this festival of sailing.

Photos by Roberto Vuilleumier/SLIDEBOX.

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Twenty-two colorful countries

Nice team uni!!

"Mom...I can't find my boat"

Pre-start preparation

Lining up for the start

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Just seconds to go...and they are off (no shortage of support boats)

Token American photo (Roesler Bernie on his way to 35th place overall)

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