VENICE IS GOING TO BE THE CENTER OF THE DRAGON BOAT MOVEMENT FOR TWO DAYS: TOMORROW THE PARADE IN THE GRAND CANAL

 

VENICE IS GOING TO BE THE CENTER OF THE DRAGON BOAT MOVEMENT FOR TWO DAYS:

TOMORROW THE PARADE IN THE GRAND CANAL

SATURDAY AT THE TRONCHETTO BEGINS THE THIRD EDITION OF THE “VENICE INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

 

 

Venice, 12th of May 2016 – Once again Venice is going to be the center for the dragon boat movement, with the third edition of the “Venice International Dragon Boat Festival”. Two years after the second edition, which was held at the Lido, the big event comes back on the 13th and the 14th of May, with many crews from all over the world.

 

“We are already working to make this a great festival” saysAndrea Bedin, president of the Venice Canoe & Dragon Boat association and of the F.I.C.K. Regional Comittee. “We are constantly monitoring the weather, which has been very variable in the last week. – explains Bedin – Considering the great support we have received, I would like to thank every single person who is helping us both for the international festival and for the Vogalonga”.

 

On schedule for this weekend on the water: tomorrow, Friday the 13th at 6 pm, the boats parade along the Grand Canal, from the Isola Nova del Tronchetto, down to Punta della Dogana, in front of Saint Mark’s Square and back again to the starting point where the Opening Ceremony will be celebrated.

Saturday the 14th from 11 am to 5 pm  the teams will compete, in the waters between Isola Nuova and Ponte della Libertà over the distance of the 200 meters, in the Open, Women, Social, Mixed, and BCS-Breast Cancer Survivors categories, on board of the 20-seat dragons and the 10-seat minidragons.

 

The “Venice International Dragon Boat Festival” acts as a preview to the 42nd Vogalonga and it hosts the following crews: Dubai Sea Dragons (UAE), Golden Dragons Portland (Oregon-United States), Vikings Dublin (Ireland), Avago Aussies (Sydney-Australia), DownUnder Dragons (Australia), Wave Walkers (London-England), Pink Champagne Dragons (Dorset-England), Droles de Rames (Annecy-France), Remiera Toscolano Maderno(Brescia-Italy), Canoa Club Bobbio (Piacenza-Italy), Trifoglio Rosa Mestre (Italy).

 

Venice Canoe & Dragon Boat will host the following crews also on the occasion of the 42nd Vogalonga: Dubai Sea Dragons (team 2, the United Arab Emirates), Club Reims (France), Droles de Rames (2nd team, Annecy-France), Stadoces Tarbais (Tarbes, France), Typhoon Dragons (London-England), Dragonauti (Cagliari-Italy), Dragon Boat Worcester (England).

 

 

C.O.N.I.
FEDERAZIONE ITALIANA CANOA KAYAK
COMITATO VENETO F.I.C.K.