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In a city like Venice, which lives on the water and where the boat is the most normal way to use, it is natural that water races take place there. It is presumed that the first rowing races were friendly competitions between the gardeners of the lagoon islands, carried out on their way to the Rialto market to bring their agricultural products.

But it seems that the first real public competitions arose in the XIII - XIV century when, to be ready to defend the homeland, all citizens had to practice archery and crossbow on holidays. The "shooting range" was the Lido and to reach it there were many public boats, 30 and 40 oars, available to the people.

The crews of the boats began, as a game, to compete with each other, until mass departures were organized. Many gran vogàe (big rowing) participated enthusiastically: all the boats were lined up to start them all together and from here the term rigata or regatta is supposed to derive. Over time, stripes became increasingly present and important in Venetian public life.

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