Here's a clip shot from the front (passenger area) of the GSVVM's big quattordesona "Mestrina" at the start of the 2009 Vogalonga.
It was originally posted in June of last year, and was one of the first video clips on the Gondola Blog.
Here's a link to the original post entitled "2009 Vogalonga Video - Start of the Race".
If you were there, then you know what it was like to be on the water that day. In the hours that followed, Vogalonga 2009 went from an "I wonder what kind of day we'll have" day, to what some have called a "legendary disaster" with swamped and broken-up boats on the front page of the local paper.
Plenty was written here on the blog about it - search Vogalonga and you're sure to find something that will amuse or amaze you.