The Regata Storica

 

In the first Sunday in September there is the Regata Storica, the annual trial of strength and skill for the city's gondoliers and other expert rowers.

 The water procession re-evokes the triumphant welcome accorded by the Serenissima to the Queen of Cyprus, Caterina Cornaro, who had "donated" her kingdom to Venice in 1489.

The Regata Storica starts with a procession of decorated historic craft along the Canal Grande course, their crews all decked out in period dress. Bystanders are expected to join in the support for the contestants in them main event, and may even be issued with appropriate colours.

There are four actual races :

  1. reserved for the Very Young crew;
  2. Women;
  3. Male crews (on 6-oared caorline);
  4. rowing champions: constitutes the high spot of the event, that is to say it sees the famous rowing champions compete on gondolini which are a sporting development of the gondola and are only used in the city's major rowing contest.

 
 

 

 

 

 

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