The 44th Vogalonga is scheduled to start at 9am: after the customary ‘lifting-of-the-oars’ salute, a cannon shot will signal the start of the race. Around 8.30 am all boats are required to assemble in the Giudecca Canal grouped behind Punta della Dogana following instructions given by the Technical Commissioners. First, the fastest crafts will be asked to get in line, starting with rowing class boats, followed later by slower boats that carry fewer oarsmen.
Positioning of the boats at departure
As can be seen in the map below, there are some very narrow channels (Vignole, S. Erasmo, Mazzorbo, Tre Archi) where you will need to slow down and line up in an orderly fashion. Please stay inside navigable canals to prevent damage to vessels.
Dangerous spots and Refreshment stands shown
Canale di Cannaregio
We recommend that you try to get to the entrance of Canale di Cannaregio in good time to avoid being held up under Tre Archi Bridge. Allow room for rowing sculls (Yole) which may need a little more space. Participants in a punt are also requested to ensure that their crafts are furnished with suitable equipment (oars) for steering through the narrower canals.
Avoid crowding round the jetty: move towards the middle of the canal. You will need to slow down before you reach the finish (crossing the line is pointless-- this is a non-competitive event). Free up the pontoon as quickly as possible so that participants can be awarded their certificates of attendance.
Keep to one side while rowing back into the Gran Canal.
An official refreshment stand will be located at the entrance to Mazzorbo Canal and after the finish line; other stands (to be decided) will also be added.
Police boats and those offering help to vessels in need of assistance will be stationed along the course; all these vessels will be in contact via radio. You can call the Organising Committee (who are in contact with the Emergency Medical Services) on the following emergency number +39 338 7011864