I was extremely lucky to be invited on a trip to Venice through my university’s rowing club where we would take part in the 2nd International University Regatta with the fastest boats racing in the Regatta Storica event.
Regatta Storica is a historical event that takes place down Venice’s Grand Canal, through the heart of the city. The experience was completely unforgettable; definitely one to tick off the bucket list!
We arrived around lunch time on Saturday morning and were picked up on this fabulous little boat and taken straight for lunch of cold meats, cheese, wine and salad.
Straight after lunch we put our kit on and prepared to race. Having never rowed in a boat such as this, our races did not go well, but we still had a great time.
After a Saturday night of exploring all Venice has to offer in terms of night life, not racing on Sunday was a blessing. We were still able to participate in the procession which happens before all the racing begins on the Grand Canal.
Taking part in the procession was completely surreal and the amazement that came with it didn’t fully sink in until after we were off the boat.
Afterwards it was time to sit back (nurse our hangovers with some Italian Gelatto), and watch the pros at work.
The Regatta was full of colour, and incomparable to the British regattas such as Henley. If you’re planning a trip to Venice I’d seriously suggest you try and time it with the Regatta Storica event – just make sure you bring insect repellent, I’ve been bitten to death!