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The history of Vogalonga is a recent history, a confirmation that the history of Venice does not stop at 1797.

It all stems from a friendly regatta on mascarete on the day of San Martino in 1974. In those years, fans of Venetian rowing were few and isolated, and the trend was increasingly towards motor boats. Among the participants in the initiative there were also other prominent personalities of the time, non-racers, such as the then director of Il Gazzettino - the city newspaper par excellence -, Lauro Bergamo, one of the active references in the world of regattas, Toni Rosa Salva, and finally Giuseppe Rosa Salva, always engaged in the defense of Venice.

From here started the idea of calling a non-competitive row, inviting at the same time all those who had "laid down their oars" for too long to join together to react to the degradation of the city, the swell and the restoration of Venetian traditions.

This is how Vogalonga was officially born on January 26, 1975, so called for the long route that not only moves in the city of Venice, but extends to the edge of the North Lagoon, thus reaching about 30 km.

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