The Vogalonga is a non-competitive regatta born in 1974 thanks to a group of friends, lovers of Venetian rowing and worried by the increasing waves caused by the numerous motorboats, who decided to raise awareness among Venetians and invite them to rise against the city’s decay and to re-earn their own Venetian traditions.
The first Vogalonga took place on May 8th 1975, the same the day of the ‘Festa della Sensa’, and many Venetian rowers and crews from Chioggia, Padua, Treviso and even from Lombardy and Piedmont took part in the event
Since that day in a few years in Venice and nearby opened more than fifty rowing clubs and every year in May they participate in the Vogalonga that became a sort of “call to arms”, rather “a call to oars”.
The Vogalonga is a 30 km long regatta that reaches the most important and picturesque places of Venice, such as St Mark’s basin and the Grand Canal and the many islands of the lagoon, including the islands of Burano and Murano, Vignole, Sant’Erasmo and San Francesco del Deserto, Mazzorbo, Madonna del Monte and San Giacomo in Paludo, through the Grand Canal from the Cannaregio Canal and arrives to Punta della Dogana, in front of St Mark’s Square.
Over the years, the Vogalonga became more and more popular and today thousands of rowers from around the world and with all kinds of boats gather in Venice: traditional boats like Venetian gondolas, “mascarete”, “caorline ” are flanked by the more international boats as kayaks, canoes and dragon boats on the condition that they must be rowboats!