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Vogalonga Event

Vogalonga Video

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Set up in 1975 by a group of rowing revivalists, today the Vogalonga boat race is one of Venice's biggest events. It takes place around Ascension Day, coinciding with the old ceremony of the Doge's symbolic marriage to the sea.

The course of the race is a long one - 30km (18 miles) - and leads across Venice Lagoon to the island of Burano and back, winding through Cannaregio and the Grand Canal on the home stretch.

More than 50 Venetian rowing clubs take part in the Vogalonga race, as well as people from all over the world. Past participants have included a Chinese crew in a dragon boat, Oxford and Cambridge rowing crews in straw boaters, and a hardy local who has twice swum the entire course of the race.

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