Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cassandra's First Rowing Lesson

For a long time now, I've been planning on teaching my daughter Cassandra how to row.
It's something I've hoped to do since she was two.

Well, today was the day.
We drove up to Sunset Gondola and took Tim and Tyson up on their offer to use their sandolo.
The boat is a perfect training platform for Venetian rowing.

My daughter's eleven-years-old now, about four and a half feet tall, and growing into a young lady.
I had a sense that she was ready, and wow, was she!
Cassandra did so well, I moved her from prua to poppa for a while.

Father and daughter on the dock with remi.

We met up with Tyson while he was training a gondolier.
I gave him my camera and he shot these three photos:

And here's my Sweet Pea trying out the back of the boat. Next lesson I'll show her how not to go in circles.

I'll follow up with more pictures and comments tomorrow.


René Seindal said...

I took some lessons last autumn, and initially its not that difficult, I moved forward and didn't drop the oar all the time, but getting better and doing it right is a lot harder, and I will have to go back and train hard when I return to Venice in April :-)

I'm quite sure your daughter will be brilliant.

I also hope that things will go well for you and your health.

Gondola Greg said...

Thanks for you kind words René.
I'm feeling better each day.

I hope Cassandra does as well in future lessons as she did on her first one.

Anonymous said...

This is a PDF version of an 1880 article on venetian gondola training for foreigners: