Ladies and gentlemen, here is our official dress code:
DRESS CODE for the US Gondola Nationals 2015
I strongly encourage stripes – traditional navy and white of you’ve got them.
If you’re more fond of red and white, that’s fine too, but the idea here is to follow suit with the dress code of competing rowers in Venice, and to create a great group photo.
In keeping with the above, white pants are preferable over black.
Please do not wear shorts. I love shorts, I practically live in shorts,
but on the gondolas and in front of the cameras – it’s gotta be pants.
Photos and video of these races will be seen all over the world,
and especially in Venice.
As competitors in the US Gondola Nationals, we will be representing voga-alla-Veneta in the US to the world – let’s make it look good.
You don’t have to wear a hat while racing, but if you’ve got one, bring it, wear it, we will have spectators and they love the hats (so does the press).
In addition to the above, some of you may get a chance to take out a passenger cruise or two, so dress the part.
Marinera overshirts, sashes and scarves are definitely great for this.
There will be a step-and-repeat banner for photos, so look your best!
One thing I love about this annual event is that whoever you are, and wherever you’re from, if you’re a gondolier, you’re “one of us”.
There’s a sense of camaraderie.
So wear your stripes, be part of the brotherhood, and have fun!