On 9 February 2023, members of the Club del Gommone held a winter RIB run on the beautiful Lake Como in Italy to open the season.
This 52nd edition of the Invernale started this year from Vercurago at the Cantiere Bolis on Lake Garlate.
After leaving the boatyard, the group sailed north to exit Lake Garlate and, after a short stretch of the River Adda, entered Lake Como just in front of the city of Lecco.
From there, they went up the lake for about fifteen miles, passing Abbadia Lariana, Mandello, and heading for Punta Spartivento di Bellagio, recognizable by the cliff that separates the lake into two branches.
Near the cliff, as is tradition, they toasted with an auspicious aperitif to start the season.
After the aperitif in the water, they returned to Vercurago (around 14:00-14:30) for an additional aperitif, which by then will have become a snack, at the Bar Restaurant ‘Il Molo’ opposite the boatyard for the 2022 edition.
There was no participation fee.
As a good organiser some agreements were made:
On Lake Garlate, you may not exceed a speed of 10 knots.
Under the bridges along the stretch of river connecting the two lakes, you must not exceed 5 knots
The Club del Gommone is an association of pneumatic boat owners founded in Milan in 1970 with the aim of gathering all nautical pleasure enthusiasts and promoting nautical tourism. The Club organizes gatherings, raids, and competitions, and is non-profit and apolitical. The Club is known for its organization and educational initiatives, making it one of the most respected nautical clubs.
Where they are Currently due to renovations, the temporary headquarters are at the Centro Pavesi Via Francesco De Lemene 3 Milan. We meet two Wednesdays a month from 21:30 to 24:00