News, Articles and Noteworthy Goings-on at City Barge

2023 CIVV Rally in England

2023 CIVV Rally in England

I would like to report on a stupendous event which has just taken place in Oxford. Thirty-one rowers and four supporters travelled by air to take part in the annual rally of the International Community of Venetian Rowers, or CIVV—this year in England and hosted by City Barge.

A lagoon row in Venezia

A lagoon row in Venezia

On this clearest of mornings, as we stand on the edge of the landing of the San Giobbe Cantiere boathouse looking over the calm Venetian lagoon, we can see the sun gleaming on the snowy mountaintops a hundred kilometres away. This is our Long Row during the annual training week hosted by our friends at Settemari Venetian rowing club.

Visit to ASD Canottieri Sile

Visit to ASD Canottieri Sile

In June 2022, I met a group of rowers from Treviso’s SILE club when I joined the CIVV rally in Padua. Earlier this year, the SILE club contacted me to say they were coming to Oxford for the 2023 rally on 19-22 July. Stefano Melanotte invited me to visit the club during our March training with Settemari.

City Barge AGM, 2023

City Barge AGM, 2023

The City Barge Annual General Meeting was held on February 4, 2023 at Eynsham Village Hall, with 30 members of the association in attendance.

Vignettes: Robert Rivington

ROBERT RIVINGTON was a tall man, and had an equally tall and gracious partner when I first met him in 1995. He became a member in the early years of City Barge, probably because of his Oxford link with Richard Norton. His partner was Rosemary X, who later became a supporter of City Barge. Robert was a fanatic about punting.

Cloning the mascareta “Settemari”

Cloning the mascareta “Settemari”

We bought our delightful little mascareta “Settemari”. from the Settemari club for €1,100 in March 2006. She is light, easy to launch, and responds quickly. Tim Williams has offered to lead the club in crafting her twin to create a matched pair.