Just got back from a long weekend in Torbole. I was able to test out
some of my theories on reducing the hassle of sailing there. The
weekend was very busy since this is a holiday period for Swiss and
Previously I had camped there in the Arco di Lido campsite which
provided an acceptable but not great launch (also the location of
the Hifly hire centre). This time we managed to book a hotel.
I decided to launch from the Conca d'Oro car park from where you
can launch straight into the strongest wind on the Torbole side.
There are grassy areas to rig on and a bar. I knew the car park
would fill quite early so I went to park the car at about 7:45 AM,
then walking back to the hotel for breakfast. Camping is possible
there for up to 10 campervans. Parking costs 15,000 lira a day
or 20,000 for overnight camping.
The morning North wind wasn't very strong so the Ora was stronger
than I experienced last year and kicked in before mid day. On Friday
the wind died when it clouded over. On Saturday the
car park was pretty full when I got there. The wind was good with
most people powered up on 6.0 to 6.5M sails. I was astounded to
see a local carrying his monster board and 9.1 Arrows race sail
together over all the sunbathers. I thought he was going to get
wasted when he got on the water but he seemed to know what
he was doing. I suspect this sort of kit would guarantee planing
when the Ora is at its normal strength.
On the beach there are board and sail racks but sometimes it is
difficult to get to them since some people just dump their kit in
the way. On Saturday there were times when landing on the
beach was nearly impossible because of the amount of kit. I
would definitely try to avoid these peak weekends in future.
The best way to avoid the problem of trying to find a place to park
and rig would be to hire kit. There is a Mistral hire centre at the
Conca d'Oro which had a good range of Explosions and smaller
boards. Cost is just less than 300,000 lira for a week.
The water was still cold enough to need a long armed wetsuit.