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(Sunday 6th September 2015)
The Historical Regatta is the main calendar date for annual ‘Voga alla Veneta’ rowing events. It is a unique sport and has been practised for more than a thousand years in the Venetian lagoon. In modern times it has become more spectacular due to the famous water pageant held before the races: dozens and dozens of multicolours 16th century-style boats, all with oarsmen in period costume, carry the Doge, the Doge’s wife and all the highest ranking Venetian officials, as a true and faithful reconstruction of the glorious past of one of the Mediterranean’s most powerful and influential Maritime Republics. The ancient tradition of the Historical Regatta can be probably traced back to the mid 13th century when the Serenisssima Republic needed to keep well trained the crews of its huge navy in the art of rowing.
Nowadays there are four races split by age group and type of boat: ‘Campionissimi su gondoloni’ is the most renowned and exciting race, where gondoloni boats speed down the Grand Canal to the finishing line at the ‘machina’, a VIP floating grandstand located in front of Ca’ Foscari Palace.
2015 provisional programme
THURSDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER
Campo della Salute
Teams presentation and gondolini boats blessing
SUNDAY 6th SEPTEMBER
HISTORICAL AND SPORT WATER PAGEANT: parade of historic boats with participants in historic attire, gondolas and crafts representing the Venetian rowing clubs.
Route: from St. Mark’s basin along the Grand Canal
Maciarele and Schie Regatta: race for youngsters on pair-oared mascarete boats.
- Schie (under 10). Route: from Rialto to Ca' Foscari
- Maciarele Junior (under 12). Route: from San Stae to Ca' Foscari
- Maciarele Senior (under 14). Route: from San Stae to Ca' Foscari
YOUNG ROWERS’ REGATTA ON PAIR-OARED PUPPARINI BOATS
Route: Giardini di Castello, St. Mark’s basin, Grand Canal with arrival at Ca’ Foscari
WOMEN REGATTA ON PAIR-OARED MASCARETE BOATS
Route: Giardini di Castello, St. Mark’s basin, Grand Canal, Rialto (turning point between Riva de Biasio and San Marcuola) and back along the Grand Canal with arrival at Ca’ Foscari
BISSE REGATA: RACE ON TRADITIONAL BISSE BOATS OF LAKE GARDA
Route: from Punta della Dogana to Ca’ Foscari
REGATTA ON SIX-OARED CAORLINE BOATS
Route: Giardini di Castello, St. Mark’s basin, Grand Canal, Rialto (turning point at Santa Lucia railway station) and back along the Grand Canal with arrival at Ca’ Foscari
At 06.00 p.m., after the caorlina boats passing (3rd/4th place-getters) and at 06.30 p.m., after the gondolini boats passing (finals):
INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ROWING COMPETITION
Competition: 8-member crews for galleon rowing from Ca' Foscari University, IUAV (Venetian Architectural Institute) and teams from other Universities.
Route: from Rialto to Ca' Foscari
REGATTA ON PAIR-OARED GONDOLINI BOATS
Route: Giardini di Castello, St. Mark’s Basin, Grand Canal, Rialto (turning point at Santa Lucia railway station) and back along the Grand Canal with arrival at Ca’ Foscari
The programme is temporary and there may be possible changes and/or additions: follow online for updates.
Please visit www.regatastoricavenezia.it