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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 5:57 am 
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Hi all, a few pics from last Sunday's Venice Vogalonga, an annual 30-km regatta of some 2000 boats through the city and around the lagoon.
Of course there were plenty of folders and IKs among that lot.
I did it in my Seawave HP with a mate in a Big Kahuna.
A great day out and easy to do with a packboat.
More pics on my blog (see sig, below).

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 6:45 am 
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Fantastic! I dreamed of doing this when I visited Venice, but I had no idea that there was an organized event. Such an incredible place.

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 7:36 am 
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It is incredible. Will have a better look around next time but we were too popped to paddle next day.
Or, with an early/late flight and a packed lunch you could do the Voga in a day and spend next to nothing.
Bus from the airport is €5 and 30 mins or put in by the airport!

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 8:51 am 
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Agreed. We stayed in the city for the full experience, but one could do it fairly economically by staying near the airport and either paddling or taking public transport in by day.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:05 pm 
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Out of interest, is it easy to park a boat if one visits Venice by kayak or canoe and wishes to get out to explore some of the monuments on foot? How does it work? Is it like parking a car in other cities where you put a parking ticket on the boat? Is one reasonably assured of finding the canoe or kayak still there when one returns? Presumably one has to padlock or chain it to something as one would a bicycle in other cities? Or not?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:23 pm 
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My mate who's paddled there more says:
"No, I would say it is quite difficult to leave a boat unattended in Venice, because most of the places you can tie up a boat are claimed by somebody, whether officially or not. For a small boat to be safe, you need to haul it out of the water and then you need a place to leave it."

Good place for a folding kayak and a trolley, then ;-)

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:05 pm 
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Ah. I guessed that might be the case. Still, one day, I may see if I can manage this.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:16 am 
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Before anyone starts planning a trip through the centre of Venice by kayak or canoe, be aware that the local government recently banned kayak traffic from the major canals. The Italian kayaking community is furioous but powerless in this. Quite a few didn't do the Vogalunga this year in disgust over this new ruling

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:49 am 
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Thanks, Simon. That seems a shame.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:01 pm 
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It's being contested and I'll let you know if I hear of any change- slim chance but....

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