Venice Historical Regatta

(September 1st, 2013)

The historical Regatta is celebrated on the first Sunday of September and it's one of the Venetians' most loved events. It is the most important moment in the sporting season of Venetian rowing clubs.
This extraordinary and typically Venetian sporting competition was begun in 1315 to honour Venice Regatamilitary victories as well as the Queen of Cypro, Caterina Cornaro, who signed the beginning of Serenissima's supremacy on the Mediterranean Sea. Nowadays it's composed of two different parts:  – the corteo storico (historical parade) and the Regata (the Regatta). The Regatta starts with the traditional procession on water of the Bissone and Bucintoro boats and the boats of the Venetian rowing clubs. After the parade, the first race is between young rowers on very technical boats. After them, it's time for women to row the "Mascarete", a special boat which is much lighter than normal. The third race sees men on six-oared boats named "Caorline"; today they are used only during this event. The most exciting part of the competition is the race between experienced rowers on very light two–oared boats (Gondolini) to win the ambitious Regatta route. The winners receive prestigious red flags; the rowers that finish second, third and fourth respectively receive white, green and blue flags.

THE REGATTA'S ROUTE starts at Riva degli Schiavoni passing through the Grand Canal arriving at the St. Lucia Station. Then the boats come back towards the floating platform near Ca' Foscari where the winners are proclaimed.

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