REGATA STORICA Sunday September 5th 2010

venezia_regata2010The 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. The Regata Storica dates back centuries, probably as far back as the mid thirteenth century when the Serenissima needed to train the crews of its huge navy in the art of rowing.
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.

PROGRAMME

THURSDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER
6.00 pm, Campo della Salute
Presentation of the teams and blessing of the gondolini, with the accompaniment by Coro Serenissima

SUNDAY 5th SEPTEMBER

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: from St. Mark’s Bay all the way down the Grand Canal.

4.45 pm
Maciarele regatta
Two oared regatta on mascarete dedicated for children, Junior category (under 12 years) and senior (up to age 14).
Course: From San Stae to Ca’ Foscari

4.50 pm
Young rowers’ twin-oared pupparini regatta
Course: the Castello Gardens, St. Mark’s Bay, Grand Canal, Rialto (around the paleto in front of the Banca d’Italia),
and back to finish at Ca’ Foscari.

5.10 pm
Women’s twin-oared mascarete regatta
Course: the Castello Gardens, St. Mark’s Bay, Grand Canal, Rialto (around the paleto between Riva de Biasio and San Marcuola),
and back down the Grand Canal to finish at Ca’ Foscari.

5.40 pm
Six-oared caorline regatta
Course: the Castello Gardens, St. Mark’s Bay, Grand Canal, Rialto (around the paleto in front of the Santa Lucia railway
station), and back down the Grand Canal to finish at Ca’ Foscari.

6.00 pm
Universities Boat Challenge
Challenge on eight-oared galeoni boat by the crew of the Ca’ Foscari and Iuav Universities of Venezia versus the best teams
among the Universities of Genoa, Pisa and Salerno.
Course: From Rialto to Ca’ Foscari

6.10 pm
Twin-oared gondolini regatta
Course: the Castello Gardens, St. Mark’s Bay, Grand Canal, Rialto (around the paleto in front of the Santa Lucia railway
station), and back down the Grand Canal to finish at Ca’ Foscari.

I gioielli di Nino: parade of boats built by Giovanni Giuponi, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Within the Historical and Sport water pageant

Concerts on the Grand Canal during the Regata Storica
- 4.00 pm, Campo della Salute: Concert by Coro Serenissima
- 4.00 pm, Piazzale Stazione Santa Lucia: concert by Banda Musicale di Tessera
- From 3.30 pm, on the Grand Canal: concert by Banda Musicale di Pellestrina on boat

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  1. Regata storica sunday september 5th 2010.. OMG! :)

    Comment by blog.venice-tourism.com — 22 April 2011 @ 13:57

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