Here's a great shot of gondolier Matthew Raus of the
Gondola Company of Newport, as he competed in a solo race
during the US Gondola Nationals this year.
I enjoy passing this guy regularly as we head in different
directions on the waters of Newport.
He's always ready with a cheerful greeting,
and I can tell that his passengers are always happy in his boat.
Special thanks go out to the staff at the Orange County Register
for allowing me to feature their images from the competition.
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