The Voga Longa in Venice, from a local protest against motor boats to an international event of the rowing world
The Vogalonga, a non-competitive race of 33 km across Venice canals and the surrounding lagoon, saw its first edition in 1975 as a way to bring back rowing boats to the water of Venice, to protest against the excess of motor boats and their consequences. Started by a handful of Venetians, it’s now a huge local and international appointment as well as a rare occasion to see and experience Venice the way it should be: rowing.
The Vogalonga did not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic.
In 2022, however, Venetian authorities gave permission to celebrate the 46th Vogalonga on the 5th of June 2022. Over 1.800 boats and over 7.000 rowers took part in the event.
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