I didn't manage to photograph the start of this year's Vogalonga, as I've done in prior years, nor the end, which I've never done (but have often thought of doing).
But I did happen to see among the many kinds of boats making their way up the Grand Canal after completing the long course through the north lagoon the particular boat you see above and below.
The rest of the boats I saw were of the sort one always sees during a Vogalonga (though I suspect that each year the number of Venetian-style boats suited to the lagoon and the city's canals is ever more swamped by sculls and sweeps, dragon boats, canoes, kayaks, Lago Como-style river boats, and ever more paddle boards).
Previous years, and bit about the Vogalonga, can be seen here: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013.
But I've never seen anything like the boat pictured here. I don't know if they actually completed the whole 30 km course in this boat, or if it would be very pleasant as a rower to do so, but I certainly wouldn't mind a place at the table.
Maybe more Royal Wedding mania perhaps?ReplyDelete
I hadn't thought of that, Rob, but it makes sense. Though the pairing of the two small flags at the top of the mast--one of the EU, one of the UK--makes me also suspect that this evocatively Edwardian garden party expresses a solidarity with Europe that Brexiters have tried to destroy.Delete
We didn't complete the whole 30km, we did approximately 15km on the day which was jolly hard work but made very enjoyable by the lovely people of Venice who were incredibly supportive and kind. The Man in the Glowing Green Blazer.ReplyDelete
Despite what my late reply may suggest, I was very happy to find out from you how your outing went! I'd have admired your stamina greatly if you'd managed simply to go up and down the length of the Grand Canal on that extremely picturesque but not-very-practical craft, but paddling 15 km with it strikes me as the impressive equivalent of those legendarily long swims Lord Byron is supposed to have taken in Venice!Delete