Gondola Regatta Practice
As we were leaving Burano we saw some young people practicing the "voga alla veneta" (a rowing style but standing). The guide told us that they were praticing for the Burano regatta, a competition for 2-oar gondolas, that runs every year on the third Sunday of September.
This is the old style of rowing which was used to carry fish to the City or the mainland.
The most famous rower was Sergio Tagliapietra nicknamed "Ciaci" (Burano 1935). He won 14 editions of "Regata Storica" (rowing "gondolino"), 21 Burano regattas and 18 Murano regattas (1-oar gondolas). "Ciaci" is a real Venetian hero - he won more than 200 red flags (the prize for the winner; the second gets the white flag, the third the green flag, the fourth the blue flag). Sergio Tagliapietra played in the Olympic Games in Melbourne and Tokyo and finally won 13 editions of "Palio delle Repubbliche Marinare" (a competition run by Venice, Amalfi, Pisa and Genoa).
Equipment: In Burano is active the Associazione Remiera Vogaepara that offers rowing courses. in the traditional way of rowing standing with two crossed oars.
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