Of course each installment of the competition is unique and different from the others, and this year will be special in its own ways.
But just to get everyone up to speed, here's a summary of the event, and a collection of links to posts from this blog over the years.
The competition will be on November 14th and 15th.This will be the fourth annual US Gondola Nationals.
More than 45 gondoliers from 12 different companies in 7 states will compete.Each of the competitors is a working gondolier.
This year we will have 7 races:
Gondola distance 1 man
Gondola distance 2 man
Gondola distance 4 man
Gondola sprint 1 man
Gondola sprint 2 man
Pupparin distance 2 man
Sandolo valesana 1 man
And there will be singing and entertainment.
Most of all, the US Gondola Nationals is a great place for gondolier's to spend time with friends in the business around the country, and make new friends too.
Does everyone want to win?Yes, of course.
But win or lose, everyone who comes has a great time, and goes home a better rower with new friends and experiences to look back on.
The US Gondola Nationals began in 2012 in Providence, Rhode Island.
It was the folks at La Gondola who had both the dream and the follow-through to make it happen.
The first edition was named the GondOlympics.
The next year we competed in Huntington Harbour, California,
with Tim Reinard and his staff at Sunset Gondola hosting the event.
The event took on a new name - the US Gondola Nationals.
Last year it was back in Providence again, with La Gondola hosting.
This year I'm hosting it here in Newport Beach, California.
After four years of back and forth from East Coast to West Coast, the next installment will happen in the Midwest. Next year it will move to Minnesota, with John Kerschbaum of Gondola Romantica taking the helm.
To learn more about the US Gondola Nationals, go to www.usgondolanationals.com
To chronicle some of the moments throughout the last three years of the event, here's a collection of posts that appeared here on the Gondola Blog.
2012 - Providence, RI
GondOlympics - Sprint Winners http://www.gondolagreg.com/2012/05/gondolympics-sprint-winners.html
GondOlympics - Slalom Winners http://www.gondolagreg.com/2012/05/gondolympics-slalom.html
GondOlympics - Relay http://www.gondolagreg.com/2012/06/gondolympics-relay.html
2013 - Huntington Harbour, CA
License to Dream http://www.gondolagreg.com/2013/10/license-to-dream.html
Marathon Man http://www.gondolagreg.com/2013/10/marathon-man.html
The Surprise Boys http://www.gondolagreg.com/2013/10/the-surprise-boys.html
Another First http://www.gondolagreg.com/2013/11/another-first.html
2014 - Providence, RI
A Day at the Races http://www.gondolagreg.com/2014/10/a-day-at-races.html
Tandem Sprint http://www.gondolagreg.com/2014/10/tandem-sprint.html
Shoeless Tim http://www.gondolagreg.com/2014/11/shoeless-tim.html
Solo Distance - "Snapper" and Richie http://www.gondolagreg.com/2014/11/solo-distance-snapper-and-richie.html
Tandem Distance - the Brothers Haynes http://www.gondolagreg.com/2014/11/tandem-distance-brothers-haynes.html
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