After the parade there are regatas rowed in various types of boats, and while the gondolini tend to take top billing, I love the club race.
In previous posts I've mentioned racing gondolas, and someday I hope to catch this race on video so I can post it here.
Meanwhile Nereo Zane got a couple great shots of this year's race.
There are few things as cool as a four-man gondola moving at full speed; she almost looks like she's planing.
If you look in the background of both photos you'll see an interesting red caorlina with a hard canopy.
There may be more than one, but I think that's the same boat I've seen working out of the San Toma traghetto. In 2000 my family and I rode as passengers on an evening cruise up the Grand Canal as part of their "Concert in Gondola".
The red caorlina had a string quartet and an opera soprano on board. Several of San Toma's gondolas cruised alongside while the quartet played a mix of Vivaldi favorites and pieces the soprano could sing to.
Now here's another caorlina moving along quite nicely.
It's not part of a race, but those guys look pretty determined.
> The red caorlina had a string quartet and an opera soprano on board <
A relative who visited Venice in the 1970s told me the night serenade featured an upright piano, besides the orchestra, in the gondola. It was probably not a gondola, maybe not even a caorlina?, but it must have been a great sight.
If rebuilt, the Buncintoro should have a water-powered concert organ onboard!
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