The Federacion Colombiana de Vela, has been working with the South American Sail Confederation for more than a year selecting the Classes that will participate as well as the venue.
Sailing will take place on Guatape Lake, a mountain lake with an excellent climate. The organizers anticipate winds of 5 to 12 knots for that time of year, the lake is conveniently located 1 hour from an International Airport and 1 ½ hours from Medellin.
Sail Classes for these games will be:
- Laser Standard
- Laser Radial
- Windsurf RS:X
The Lightning has been included with the Pan-American Games in mind, the success of the Lightning during the 2007 Pan-American Games in Brazil set the stage, not only for the magnificent show that spinnakers make, but also because the Lightning is one of the most technical boats sailed in South America. The South American Games will be the first step in preparation for the Pan American Games in Guadalajara 2011.
As a Lightning sailor I must say that I am very proud to have the Lightning Class in these games, and hope that all South American countries can be represented. As Federacion Colombiana de Vela President it will be an honour to host South American sailors in our homeland.
Felipe Castillo Lightning Sailor and President Federacion Colombiana de Vela.