Lago di Garda, Italy

Husband and I saw a flyer advertising an “International” Hobie 18 sailboat race. We hopped on our bikes to investigate.

The marina was bustling as racers rigged boats, pulled on wetsuits, plotted strategy. I chatted with the race organizer as the teams got ready.

Me: “Where are the teams from?”

Organizer: “Lago di Garda, Venice, La Spezia, Elba, Naples, and Ravenna.” (He listed a few more Italian towns that I can’t remember.)

Me: “So all the teams are from Italy?”

Organizer: “Yes.”

Me: “Oh. The flyer said it’s an ‘international’ race.”

Organizer: “The German and French teams had to cancel.”

Me: “That’s too bad.”

Organizer (looking me up and down): “Do you sail?”

And that’s how THIS happened.

Go Team USA/Canada!