End of Season at the Diadora

Today we had the end of season event at the Diadora rowing club, where I should have spent a lot more time this summer.

Most of the morning was taken up by ‘social’ regattas for each of the types of rowing practiced in the club, both ‘English’ rowing (backwards in various types of boats), and Venetian rowing, voga alla veneta (standing up looking forwards).

The Venetian race was held in sandoli a quattro. The eight boats were same boats as are used in the official regattas throughout the summer. They’re all numbered and differently coloured, so they’re easier to distinguish at a distance. I was in the violet boat, number 3, with Silvia, Rollo and Alessandro.

Silvia is an accomplished rower, who have participated in races many times, so she knew exactly what to do and when. The rest of us were all more or less beginners, so Silvia’s coaching was much needed. I was a prua, in the front.

Getting ready

Diadora end of season -
Fitting the forcolas on the boats.

Diadora end of season - Wading around on the boats.
Wading around on the boats.

Diadora end of season - Launching
Launching

Diadora end of season - Getting everybody on board
Getting everybody on board

Waiting

Diadora end of season - Getting the hang of the boat
Getting the hang of the boat

Diadora end of season - Spectators
Spectators

Diadora end of season - Waiting for the start
Waiting for the start

Diadora end of season - Milling about ...
Milling about …

Diadora end of season - in one of the most beautiful spots on this globe
in one of the most beautiful spots on this globe

Diadora end of season - Still waiting for the start
Still waiting for the start

Diadora end of season - The last boats are coming out
The last boats are coming out

Racing

Well, no photos, as I was rowing like a madman having Silvia in the back shouting orders at us continuously 🙂

The start didn’t come off perfectly, but we managed to keep up with the leading boats, and after the first 500m we rounded the buoy second. Silvia was shrewd enough to move us into the canal along the Lido, as the tidal flow there would help us. At that time we were second, so I don’t know what the boats behind us did. I assume they did the same.

As we reached the finishing line I was completely out of breath and my legs were shaking, but Silvia paced us on mercilessly, and we finished the race in good order between the firsts.

Pulcini in kayak

My friend Marco teaches kayaking to a handful of small children, and they participated in the day’s events too.

Diadora end of season - What better place can there be in the world for learning to kayak?
What better place can there be in the world for learning to kayak?

Diadora end of season - Marco needs to confer with the judges.
Marco needs to confer with the judges.

Diadora end of season - The race has begun
The race has begun

Diadora end of season - and the winner arrives triumphant.
and the winner arrives triumphant.

Awards

Diadora end of season - Green flags for third place
Green flags for third place

Diadora end of season - White flags for second place
White flags for second place

Diadora end of season - Red flags for first place
Red flags for first place

Diadora end of season - Your's truly got a red flag :-)
Your’s truly got a red flag 🙂

Diadora end of season - The kayak chicks got a medal each.
The kayak chicks got a medal each.

Diadora end of season - The entire youth lineup of the Diadora
The entire youth lineup of the Diadora

Socialising

Diadora end of season - Could there possibly be a more stupendous place to hang out after a race?
Could there possibly be a more stupendous place to hang out after a race?

Clearing up

Diadora end of season - Chief coach Lino Farnea didn't like his oars in disorder.
Chief coach Lino Farnea didn’t like his oars in disorder.

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