They came from far and wide to celebrate ASDEC’s 30th anniversary. Entrants from Monaco, France, England, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the islands of Corsica and Sicily, and even Australia, as well as the local Italians, and even two dogs, arrived at Lago Maggiore for the historic boating club’s international meeting for vintage and classic motor boats. As far back as the early 1900s motor boat races and some of the most important sailing regattas were organised by the Verbano Yacht Club. It was fitting then that the Yacht Club one of Italy’s oldest, founded in 1895, hosted the event in the picturesque setting of Stresa, opposite the world famous Borromean Islands. Lake Maggiore as its name implies is a big lake, so the motorboats the youngest of which was made over 30 years ago, whilst the oldest Gwennili (meaning a swallow in ancient Breton) was built as long ago as 1930 by Chris Craft of the USA, had to be capable of maintaining a cruising speed of at least 30 km/h.