Is a culminating celebration of the annual rowing races and has been held since the 13th century. I knew it was being held along the Grand Canal, but since that is the major waterway here in Venice I wasn' sure how I would be able to get around since I assumed the vaporetto would eventually stop running. It was supposed to start around 4 but I wasn't sure if the bridges would be affected. So I stayed local to paint this morning. I saw this view along one of the streets and there was shade so...perfect.
After lunch I headed out to find a shady spot to sit and watch the regatta with the rest of the Venetians and the tourists. I had one advantage over most of them...I had my stool to sit on. As long as I can find a wall to lean against it isn't too uncomfortable. I went down by La Salute, the church I sketched a few days ago, figuring there would be some shade but there were a lot of people...models! There were a lot of boats with their crews waiting for the parade of boats to start so I did some sketching of the boats and the people watching.
Here is a photo of one of the boats in the parade. I only saw one race...the whole thing was too slow for me, so I came home for happy hour.