It's not ALL about the racing...

After Nationals at the Noroton Yacht Club four boats were packed into a container for the boat trip to Malcesine, Italy.  At this point the ship is somewhere mid-Atlantic. We are hoping to have the container arrive at the Fraglia Vela Malcesine - the Malcesine sailing club - by June 27.   

Garda is the place you want to go if you want lots of wind, flat water and totally outrageous scenery. Been a favorite of FDer's for many years.  Just check out the entry list - 125 entrants as of this writing!!! Wow!  Now that's a regatta!  We'll be providing some narration and pictures and even video of this Italian Alps location, so check back!

As for the loading of the container, we start out with a standard height container, 40' long.  This is capable of handling 6 FDs with plenty of room for additional gear.  This time, there are two boats hoisted up against the ceiling and held in place with straps, along with a couple safety lines, just in case.  The other two boats were just strapped down to the floor.  Other packages include sailing gear, spars, tool boxes and extra parts.  Notice the bikes also.  Petrol is quite expensive in Europe!

The shipment must be accompanied by a Carnet, which is like a passport for property.  The items - individual packages - being shipped must be carefully listed and submitted along with fees and bond information so that official Carnet papers can be issued.  Like a passport, the Carnet is inspected and stamped when leaving or entering a country.  If there is any question about the shipment, the container may be opened and inspected by any customs authority.  So we hope our count is correct. 

All of the arrangements for this trip were handled by Kurt Hemmingsen, of Agility Logistics. Kurt is also an enthusiastic FD crew, typically seen on USA1, although they could not make this trip.  More on Kurt and Agility later.{jcomments on}