Category: Rowing in Venice

  • Goodbye Gondola

    Goodbye Gondola

    We have said goodbye to our old gondola. It has become impossible to keep it well, so we have donated it to the museum on the Lazzaretto Nuovo

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  • Rowing video from Across the River

    Rowing video from Across the River

    Short video of me rowing dressed as a 1950s US Army colonel

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  • La Ruvida

    La Ruvida

    Today we went rowing in Venice. Is a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it.

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  • Regata Storica

    Regata Storica

    This year’s Regata Storica was held on September 6th, and we went down to look in our gondola, which we moored just opposite the Erberia close to Rialto.

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  • Gondoliere practise

    Gondoliere practise

    Waiting for the Carnival procession on the Canal Grande at the traghetto San Samuele we enjoyed the view of two gondolieri practising the manoeuvres they need to do the operate the traghetto. They needed to turn the boat repeatedly and fast, to navigate the current and waves the other traffic caused and to enter the […]

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  • La Festa dei Veneziani

    La Festa dei Veneziani

    The Venetian carnival has just started, and one of the first events is the Festa dei Veneziani, which more or less implies that the rest of the carnival is not for or of the Venetians, which is also entirely true. The first part of this feast is a procession of Venetian rowing boats through most […]

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  • Venetian rowing in the 18th century

    Venetian rowing in the 18th century

    Antonio Vivaldi, the composer from the 18th century who wrote The Four Seasons, also wrote operas to be performed in Venetian theatres. They were rather modern for their time, and one of Vivaldi’s critics published a pamphlet against him, called “Il teatro alla moda“, which has an interesting incision on the cover. It shows a […]

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  • Martina rowing Venetian style

    Martina rowing Venetian style

    which is fair enough, as she’s Venetian. Video by René Seindal, music by Beethoven, Sonata no.8 performed by Daniel Veesey.

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  • Voga alla Valesana

    Voga alla Valesana

    There’s another type of Venetian rowing using two oars. It is probably less well know than the one oar type used in the gondolas of Venice. Voga alla valesana involves using two oars simultaneously, crossed. It can be quite tricky.

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  • Rowing in the Arsenale

    Rowing in the Arsenale

    We went rowing inside the area of the ancient navy docks of the Venetian Republic and took some videos. Here’s one of me rowing Venetian style, voga alla veneta, in our small sandolo.

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  • A day a-rowing

    A day a-rowing

    Last year we bought a small Venetian rowing boat, a s-ciopon, which is one of the smallest traditional Venetian boats. Usually I just fool around in the lagoon near the Certosa island, but yesterday I took it to Venice. I rowed over to the bus terminal at Piazzale Roma to pick up Martina at 19.30 […]

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  • Winter project: rowing a gondola

    Winter project: rowing a gondola

    My winter project this year is to learn how to row a gondola well enough to move around the canals of Venice. For now, however, we’re rowing in the area of the Certosa, Vignole and Sant’Erasmo Islands in the lagoon.

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  • Regata Storica 2013 – the calm between the races

    Regata Storica 2013 – the calm between the races

    Maybe one of the best things about the Regata Storica is that practically no motorboats are allowed. The Canalazzo returns to some of its original splendor, full of slow and elegant movement, blurred reflections and magical light.

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  • Regata Storica 2013 – men’s race in gondolini

    Regata Storica 2013 – men’s race in gondolini

    The main event of the Regata Storica is no doubt the men’s race in gondolini, which are very slender gondolas designed especially for racing. The race has for years been a two team match, between the cousins Rudy and Igor Vignotto (this year in the brown boat) and Ivo Tezzat and Giampaolo d’Este (orange). The […]

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  • Regata Storica 2013 – race in caorline

    Regata Storica 2013 – race in caorline

    A caorlina is a traditional Venetian cargo boat. Originally they were rowed by two persons, but now they’re almost exclusively used for racing, with six oarsmen. Even if they’re big and heavy, with six rowers they’re still fast.

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  • Regata Storica 2013 – women in mascarete

    Regata Storica 2013 – women in mascarete

    The main race for women during the Regata Storica is fought in mascarete, which is medium sized sandolo traditionally associated with female rowers. In the last years the race in mascarete had been dominate by the couple Luisella Schiavon and Giorgia Ragazzi. With this year’s victory they have won five Regata Storica in a row, […]

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  • Regata Storica 2013 – young rowers

    Regata Storica 2013 – young rowers

    The first race of the Regata Storica appears to me more about participating than winning, even if the rowers might think otherwise. Our maybe there were just several races with a lot of participants passing in close succession. There should be a race for young rowers in pupparini , which are beautiful long slender sandoli. […]

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  • Regata Storica 2013 – pageants

    Regata Storica 2013 – pageants

    The initial part of the Regata Storica is a pageant of Venetian boats. Local rowing clubs have some really remarkable boats, like gondolas with 10, 12 or 14 oarsmen, or a peata which is a huge cargo boat used on the rivers. Some boats are from associations that try to promote Venetian rowing like Viva […]

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  • Regata Storica 2013

    Regata Storica 2013

    The Regata Storica is the most important rowing event in Venice. It always takes place on the first Sunday of September, this year on the first of September.

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  • Hard work on a windy day

    Hard work on a windy day

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