The 41st edition of the Race on Three Kings Day was won by Francesco Guerra (Malaga), first off the starting line and closely tailed by Roberto Palmarin (Il Principe) up to the turn at the buoy. From San Tomà to the finish line under the Rialto Bridge, the chase was taken up by Sandro Inchiostro (Saccarosio), while Francesco Casellati (Duca) and Marco Dolcetti (Sparasea) battled prow to prow for fourth place, cheered on by the spectators along the Grand Canal.
Venice City Council President Ermelinda Damiano and the Councillor for Venetian Traditions Giovanni Giusto presented the awards to the winners, including the black flag for the last rower to cross the finish line, Sparasea.
On the Riva del Vin, the Pink Lionesses in Venice offered hot chocolate and mulled wine to all, great and small.
Women’s rowing teams took to their oars for the 20th edition of the Women’s Race as part of the celebrations of International Women’s Day 2018. Teams of six rowed the heavy boats over a 6-km course from the Island of San Giorgio in Alga to the Canal of San Giorgio and back to finish at the Canottieri Giudecca, a modified course due to heavy rain and high winds.
The Women’s Race in images
6 January 2018 at 10.30 — Rialto Bridge
|9:30||Departure of the boat parade from the Bucintoro boathouses on the Zattere which accompanies the five Befane on their mascarete with their brooms, towards the Grand Canal where the race will be held.||10:30||Arrival of the boats at the Rialto Bridge. The giant Christmas stocking made of Rubelli damask, symbol of the holiday, will be suspended on the bridge to the sound of Venetian music.||10:45||Presentation to the spectators of the Befane, the five contestants, and drawing of starting positions.||11:00||Start of the regatta. The starting line is at Palazzo Dolfin Manin (Bank of Italy). Contestants row towards Sant’Angelo, and then around the mark (the “paleto”) in front of the Rio di San Polo, and then race back up the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge.||11:15||Finish under the Rialto Bridge.||11:30||Crowning of the “BEFANA 2018” and award of prizes.|
On the Riva del Vin at the foot of the Rialto Bridge, the Pink Lionesses of Venice will offer their famous mulled wine along with tea, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, sweets and treats to all, great and small.