"The Lake Garda sailing conditions are first class and this one of the most popular things to do
on the lake"


A quick tour round the top of the lake soon confirms Lake Garda sailing to be one of the favourite pastimes here. If you look at the harbours each end of Riva, you will see hundred of yatchs moored up. The north of the lake is the best place to be for sailing, as the predictable winds and stunning surrounding make it sailing heaven!


Beautiful clear water surrounded by dramatic mountains





Lake Garda sailing



Riva is probably the most popular spot to start sailing from, but the whole top end of the lake is great for sailing and provides the best conditions. There are yatchs all over the lake though and you will also see a good number in places like Desenzano too, so don't think you have to be in one place to enjoy the sailing here. You will find all types of sailing boats out on the lake from dinghy's, up to large old fashioned wooden ships used for charters. The sailing here is so good that you also get internationally recognised races being held here from spring to autumn time.


Just packing up for the day at Riva




Lake Garda is the ideal place to learn to sail and as such there are a selection of places which offer boat hire and tution. There are dinghy courses for children and also for beginners, dinghy performace lessons, tution for sailing in strong winds, beginner catamaran sailing and also advanced courses too. There are many different types of boats you can also hire.


Below the mountains near Riva




Listed below is a selection you might find from a sailing centre:

  • Nibbio - 6m long, 2.4m wide, sail area 21.5m2

  • Tridente - 5m long, 1.5m wide, sail area 17m2

  • Skipper - 4m long, 1.6m wide, sail area 11m2

  • Optimist - 2.3m long, 1.1m wide, sail area 3m2

  • Open Bic - 2.8m long, 1.1m wide, sail area 4.5m2

  • Top Cat K1 - Catamaran, 5.5m long, 2.5m wide, sail area 21m2

  • Top Cat K3 - Catamaran, 5m long, 2.2m wide, sail area 16m2

  • Hobie Cat Pacific - Catamaran, 5.5m long, 2.5m wide, sail area 20m2

  • Hobie 15 - Catamaran, 5m long, 2.4m wide, sail area 15m2




    A sight to get any sailor excited




    You often see small groups of 3 to 6 boats being tutored on the lake and sailing here is really enjoyable. If you never tried it before Lake Garda is the ideal place to start. If you are an expert sailor then you will love the challenge this lake will give you too!


    Sailing lesson between Malcesine and Brenzone




    To see learn more about the conditions for Lake Garda sailing take a look at our wind maps page.


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