The champions regatta in "gondolini"
It is one of the most eagerly awaited sporting events of the year:
the best-known rowing champions compete, having been chosen from
a long and complex selection in August.
The competition is for gondolini, agile, quick boats used only in
this regatta. Given the boat’s characteristics, what you need
are: natural balance, innate technical ability for the stern oarsman
and great strength for the front oarsman, plus a pinch of cunning
and a profound knowledge of the currents.
For all these reasons it is not unusual to see rowers in their fifties
triumph in this competition: experience often has the upper-hand over
Those taking part in this regatta are the
rowers excluded from the gondolini competition.
The boat is heavy and powerful, reaching the speed of a motorboat
thanks to its six rowers.
The crew is made up of six athletes who traditionally represent
a neighbourhood of the city or the estuary.
rowers' regatta in "pupparini"
The bright young things
of Venetian-style rowing battle it out in this regatta which crowns
the best young rowers (14-18 years old) of the estuary and offers
positive indications for those who could go on to be future rowing
champions and take part in the most prestigious races.