I spent a few hours today on the gondola with gondolier Matthew Schenk. He's been with us for a while now, but there were a few advanced techniques I wanted to teach him, and it was a good excuse to get out on the boat and have some fun. We spent some time on close-quarters maneuvering and rowing backwards.
Here are some shots from the session: Matt, openly laughing at his instructor. That guy's so big that he almost eclipses the sun! I stepped up to to the poppa to give instruction with little indietro (rowing backwards). Dar-zo mezza barca (the prybar on the side of the boat stroke). As you can see, the weather was just awful in Newport today. I've got to find a better place to live. Matt, taking a phone call on the boat.