Originally Posted by codprawn
Ahh but it is Italy - do they actually check people's speed?
O yes they do. I have been there several times over period of two summers on a yacht, 300hp Corvette speed boat and a 40hp rental boat. Attn: You can only "drive" 40hp and below if you dont have a licence. I think I saw the police (Carabinieri) every time I went out. I saw them once chase a sea cat, which was pretty cool to see. Also I heard last summer that there is somekind of "drink and sailing" thing going on with them now so they are stopping boats for papers and also sometimes just to see if the driver is sober.
A lot of (well a few) people die there every year, last summer a heard of a diver that got killed as some tourist could not read the bouyees correctly. Also a guy started to tank his speed boad, smoking and the boat exploded, killing all onboard and along with injuring two other boat crews waiting in line.
Here is my favorite spot. On the northern part of Sirmione is a beach which is the coolest place on the lake to relax. Either in the boat itself or just tie-ing the matress to the boat and float. Here is a link to it, you can see a video of the place in the bottom video (scroll down). http://www.desenzanoitaly.com/sirmione_lake_garda.html