During the first race of the RS500 World Championship in Riva del Garda this week, International Class Chairman Michiel Geerling from the Netherlands rounds the windward mark and his beautiful girlfriend Hilde van Susante hoists the gennaker. Nothing unusual in that, except written on the sail are the words "WIL JE MET MIJ TROUWEN?" (Will you marry me?).

RS500 proposal

The rest is most beautifully told by the photos. RS Chairman Martin Wadhams said: "Many lovely things have happened at RS events and perhaps this tops the list. You will not find two more fantastic people and we wish them every happiness and fair winds together forever."

The story made the national news in Italy where the event is taking place.