The Regata Storica is the main event in the annual “Voga alla Veneta” rowing calendar. This unique sport has been practised in the Venetian lagoon for thousands of years and today it is particularly well-known for the spectacular historical water pageant that precedes the race. Scores of typically 16th century-style boats with gondoliers in period costume carry the Doge, the Doge’s wife and all the highest ranking Venetian officials up the Grand Canal in a brightly coloured parade. An unforgettable sight and a true reconstruction of the glorious past of one of most the powerful and influential Maritime Republics in the Mediterranean.
Today there are four races divided in terms of age and type of craft. The best known and most exciting of these is the “Campioni su Gondolini” race, where a series of small, sporting gondolas fly down the Grand Canal to the finishing line at the famous “machina”, the spectacular floating stage located in front of the Ca’ Foscari palace.
PROGRAM OF SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH
From 4.00 pm
HISTORICAL AND SPORT WATER PAGEANT: parade along the Grand Canal by historical crafts with costumed crews, boats and gondolas of the Venetian rowing associations (Voga alla Veneta). Course: St. Mark’s Bay, Grand Canal, Rialto and return along the Grand Canal until Ca’ Foscari
Maciarele and Schie: regatta on typical Venetian two oared boats, the “mascarete”, dedicated to children. Categories:
– Maciarele senior (under 14 years). Course: from Punta della Dogana to Ca’ Foscari
– Maciarele junior (under 12 years). Course: from San Stae to Ca’ Foscari
– Schie (under 10 years). Course: from Rialto to Ca’ Foscari
Giovanissimi on “pupparini”: regatta for very young rowers on typical Venetian two-oared boats.
Course: Bacino San Marco, Grand Canal, tour of the paleto at Ca’ Farsetti and finish at Ca’ Foscari
“Caorline”: regatta on typical Venetian boats with six oars
Course: Bacino San Marco, Grand Canal, Rialto (turn of the paleto at San Marcuola), return along the Grand Canal and arrival at Ca’ Foscari.
Women on “mascarete”: regatta on typical Venetian two-oared boats
Route: Bacino San Marco, Grand Canal, Rialto (turn around the paleto at San Marcuola), return along the Grand Canal and finish at Ca’ Foscari.
Champions on “gondolini”: regatta on typical Venetian two-oared boats
Route: Bacino San Marco, Grand Canal, Rialto (turn of the paleto at San Marcuola), back down the Grand Canal to finish at Ca’ Foscari.
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