Regulations for the 42nd Vogalonga 2016

The 42nd Vogalonga regatta, a non-competitive recreational sporting event for amateur athletes, will take place on 15th May 2016 along a 30km course through Venice lagoon. The event is subject to the following terms and conditions.


Any person over the age of 16 can register for the event. Minors under the age of 16 can join the race as long as they are accompanied by an adult with parental responsibility.


Rowing boats of any weight and size can take part in the race. There is also no limit in the number of rowers in a craft.


Registration opens on Monday, May 2nd and finally closes on Thursday, May 12th. The Registration Office is situated at the Pescheria Vecchia di Rialto, San Polo 342. (tel. +39 338 7011864, fax +39 041 5200771)
Registration times: Monday– Saturday; 9.30– 12.30 am.
On Friday, 13th May and Saturday, 14th May the office will stay open until 6pm to allow for collection of kit for the event and completion of prior registrations. A representative of each crew will then be asked to fill in the relevant form.
Registration Fee: €20 per person on-board a boat
Payment may be made in cash, by cheque or bank transfer to Comitato Organizzatore Vogalonga S.Marco 951- 30124 Venezia. The registration fees can also be paid online via credit card on the website.
BANK COORDINATES IBAN: IT34 H 03431 02010 00000 0340480 (BIC): CARIITGG
Registration by post, fax or via internet will only be considered valid if proof of payment of the registration fee is included
The Organising Committee reserves the right to close registration once the set maximum number of participants (approx. 7000) or 1700 crafts has been reached.


The 42nd Vogalonga regatta 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.


The Vogalonga course will be as follows: Bacino San Marco, canale delle Navi, canale della Bissa, canale Passaora, canale Crevan, Burano, Mazzorbo, canale S. Giacomo, canale Scomenzera, canale Bisatto, Murano, canale di Tessera, rio di Cannaregio, Canal Grande, Rialto, Punta della Salute.

The Finish

The finishing line of VOGALONGA 2016 is at the end of Canal Grande, on a level with the Basilica della Salute. Medals and certificates of attendance will be distributed there from the pontoons set up for the purpose. As soon as a boat has received its award, it must stay clear of the area so that other crews can reach the pontoon.

Entry number

At registration crews will be allocated an entry number for each craft. A bib displaying this number should be worn by the rower in the bow to allow for checks along the course and for the identification of crew members at the finish.

Participation Awards

The Vogalonga is a non-competitive event and as such it does not have performance rankings at the finishing line. Each rower who crosses the finishing line will be issued a participation certificate and a medal to commemorate the event. The organisers agree to put in a raffle any boats or other prizes offered by public bodies or private institutions; these prizes, offered only to participants who complete the course, will be obtained by means of a prize draw to be held by the end of October. In order to claim a prize, participants must show the numbered slip which is attached to a duplicate copy of the registration form.

Rules and Checks

Crews should not encroach on the proper course of other crafts, ‘interfere’ with other crews’ oars or commit any act to the detriment of other participants. It is also strictly forbidden for crafts to leave the waters of the fixed course conspicuously marked by signs set out by the Organising Committee. Checks will be carried out along the course in Burano and Rio di Cannereggio.

Conduct and Disciplinary Measures

Right from registration the sportsmanship of participants is under close scrutiny by the Organising Committee of the Vogalonga regatta: their decision is final, and, in the case of misconduct, penalties may be imposed. Crews and crafts that display advertising slogans or signs will also be excluded from the prize draw. Finally, punters should ensure that their crafts are furnished with suitable equipment (oars) for steering through narrower passages.

Accidents and Assistance

The Organising Committee declines all responsibility for accidents that happen to participants or are caused by participants to other people or items during the course of the event. Crews and crafts can count on support services during the event until 3pm.
The Organising Committee further reserves the right to make any changes to the regulations herein should it deem them to be necessary.

By registering for the event, participants permit the use of their personal information by the Organising Committee in accordance with ex. Art. 23 D.LGS. n 196/03. All participants further declare that they have read the regulations and that they are physically and mentally fit for the event.

Registration Office 2016:
Pescheria Vecchia di Rialto – San Polo, 342 – Phone +39 338 7011864, fax +39 041 5200771
Mail: Comitato Organizzatore Vogalonga – San Marco 951 – 30124 Venice Italy
phone +39 041 5210544 – fax +39 041 5200771 –