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.
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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.
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.
The City Barge Annual General Meeting was held on February 4, 2023 at Eynsham Village Hall, with 30 members of the association in attendance.
The sun was shining the temperature was 12° C—perfect for the first row of the year!
This recent addition to our website is a dedicated page for Safety and Rowing Rules which you can always reference in the ? dropdown list from the main menu.
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.
The first Venetian boat of its kind is being constructed in the UK.
RICHARD NORTON studied physics at Hertford College Oxford. He became a rower and aspired to be in the blue boat to compete against Cambridge.
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.