I’d like to give a puff for the school where we learnt. Tabo is at the northern end of the Lago di Como. It’s a small, family affair (Luca’s the windsurf teacher and Paola, Luca’s wife, and Manuel and Paola’s Dad, Nicolino, handle the sailing) and set in a beautiful spot beneath Monte Lennone. We started off, together with an Italian couple, Alberto and Donatella, with Manuel. He was nice and gentle and quietly passionate about his sailing. Then, on the Wednesday, when we had learnt the basics, Manuel took his day off and we suddenly found ourselves accompanied by the altogether more volubly passionate Nicolino (passionate, but with a great sense of humour). By the fourth day they had us racing (well, it looked as though we were) and manoeuvring to take the wind out of each others’ sails (yes, another familiar saying). Genova-based Nicolino is also a ski instructor and a keen photographer (his website is here). If you’re at the northern end of the lake, drop in. You’ll be sure of a friendly welcome.