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santa claus regatta venice

In Venice, Santa Claus ditched the sleigh for a boat

Don’t miss the last 'water event' of the year – on Sunday December 23rd, the traditional “Regata in Valesana dei Babbi Natale” (The Regatta of the Santas) will be back for its 9th edition. Amateurs and champions, women and men can compete and row the mascarete (a typical Venetian boat) in the Grand Canal.

The Regatta will start at 10.30 a.m. in Saint Mark’s basin and it will be followed by a traditional boat parade, with the rowers all dressed as Santas! The finishing line will be at Rialto – Erbaria, where the final celebrations will also take place, with the participation of Rector Michele Bugliesi, Councilman Giovanni Giusto and Maria Antonietta Baldo, Rector’s delegate for Sport Activities.

Here are the names of the rowers:

CHAMPIONS

Damiano Amedeo
Massari Nicola
Massaro Marino
Molin Maurizio
Pagan Mirco
Peroni Cristiano
Rossi Piero
Trombetta Antonio
Vianello Gianluca
Zennaro Eugenio

WOMEN
Caporal Jane
Davanzo Luigina
Montin Cristina
Nardo Rossana
Signorelli Marta
Smykunova Natalia

AMATEURS
Bizio Lorenzo
Colla Vincenzo
Concina Maurizio
Girardi Claudia
Longo Matteo
Pitteri Fabio
Sarti Andrea
Zanella Marco