photo by Nereo Zane
Here's a shot taken by Nereo, taken recently in the Venetian lagoon,
of a purple racing gondola plowing by in the Regata di San Michele.
While I was building this post, my 11-year-old daughter
looked at the computer and informed me that we
"need to get a purple gondola like that one!"
The "racing gondola" is an interesting vessel; she's got the same dimensions as a passenger gondola, but she weighs a lot less.
On my first visit to Venice, I spent a week on the lagoon rowing a similar boat with maestro Arturo of the GSVVM.
It took me a while to figure out why the boat I was rowing didn't behave the same way my passenger gondola did back in Newport.
These boats weigh about half as much as a standard passenger gondola.