the Associazione Gommonauti Pordenonesi organised their annual RIB
raid, the 24th Gommonata Europea da Pordenone al mare in northern
Italy. The event was well attended by RIBsters from Germany, Switzerland
and England as well as Italy, and I think it's safe to say that
a very good time was had by all.
The event started on Friday 15 September with an impressive selection
of 35 RIBs on the River Noncello at Pordenone. Local dignitaries
along with interested onlookers lined the banks for the official
start and the event was blessed by the local bishop, who then climbed
aboard the first RIB to cut the
across the river and send us on our way.
River Noncello - Start at Pordenone
The RIBs made a colourful sight as they followed the course
of the river, which twisted and turned for some 50 km before we
joined the marine canal system of north-east Italy. By lunchtime
we arrived at the marina of Porto di Baseleghe where some delicious
food had been laid on for us. We sat at long trestle tables and
ate, drank, relaxed and socialised for a good couple of hours before
continuing on our way to Grado....