I wish I could convey to you the movement, noise, colour, confusion, camaraderie, competition, passion, pathos, triumph, disappointment and even aggression that I saw and felt during a racing regatta on the southern side of Giudecca this morning.
There were races in all types of rowing boats, starting with a hotly contested race for the junior members, rowing as pairs. That’s when I saw some aggression as two mammas came near to trading blows over an alleged infraction of rules. One of these mammas had her poor son in tears as she harangued him about losing the race! Mamma mia.
Then, there were races featuring teams of 4 women, older junior members and then the six person racing caorlina boats .. the stars of the show. It’s supposed to be 6 men, but some teams had to resort to recruiting women!
As I walked back to a vaporetto stop to return to Dorsoduro, I was lucky to pass a church just as a couple emerged who were celebrating their 25th anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony and a gondola voyage back to a reception in San Marco. Confetti and cheers filled the air as they emerged from the church.