Articles: VIVA la voga

Venetian life beyond the edge of the fondamenta.

Saturday morning, off the bow…

A Saturday morning excursion, lessons in the indigenous Venetian sailing—the Vela al Terzo—all around.

Behind the scenes at the Storica: Her husband’s a gondolier, can you tell?

Her husband's a gondolier...

For the second time in history, an all-woman crew rowed the lead galeon Serenissima in the 2010 Regata Storica. This passionate rower’s calf proclaims her devotion to her sport…and her husband’s historic trade.

Most people know the Storica. THIS is the Regata (do stay for the whole show).

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Vela al Terzo: centuries of sailing the Venetian lagoon

Unless you’re an avid sailing enthusiast, you’ve probably never noticed that the colorful canvases tilting into the summer wind as they criss-cross the Venetian lagoon aren’t shaped like sails you’d see elsewhere (…what a surprise). Look closely – they’re not triangular, not trapezoidal, and not rhombus shaped, but a odd quadrilateral with four unequal sides…

Toso Fei tells Canal’s Secrets on a summer’s eve

I am a member (well, president, actually, although there are five of us that function as sort a cumulative president, I would say) of VIVA (Voga per l’Identità Veneta), an association that promotes the voga alla veneta, the Venetian rowing style (standing up, facing forward) indigenous to Venice and the lagoon. It’s becoming increasing difficult…