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All the US sailors, families and friends going to the World Championships at Malcesine on Lake Garda in Northern Italy thought it would be fun to share the trip with everyone.  So we have set up a Web log page to do just that.  Just click the Garda! menu item on the right side of the USA Class home page and you can see what we are up to, hear from some of the competitors and officials. and maybe even chat with a chef from that tiny cafe we liked so much.  We'll try to keep you up to date on the goings on and of course links to daily and overall results. The Worlds run from June 30 through July 9, but most of us will be there before that, practicing, preparing and just enjoying what Italy has to offer.

It's been many years since the Flying Dutchman Class had a Worlds at Garda.  This is probably the most famous of all racing venues due to its breathtaking scenery and consistently strong winds.  These afternoon thermal winds are so regular they are given a name - Ora - and turn on around noon every day, heading northwest up the lake as the sun heats up the surrounding Alps.  The lake narrows as it goes north and creates a funnel that concentrates Ora through to the evening.

Many of us have been waiting for this opportunity for years. So tune us in and we'll do our level best to give you a good sailing story.  Give us some comments and help us make it better!{jcomments on}