Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Gozzi & Gozzette

Palio Marinaro, gozzi, gozzette, LivornoHere are the “gozzi”, the 10 rowers boats used in all the rowing competitions leading to the “Palio Marinaro”. Only eight of the sixteen quarters of Livorno row with these boats, the other eight do with 4 rowers boats called “gozzette”. After the “Palio”, the winner of the “gozzette” swaps the right to a 10 rowers boat with the last of the “gozzi”.Palio Marinaro, gozzi, gozzette, LivornoWe can see the boats of “Stazione”, “Ovo Sodo”, “San Jacopo” and “Venezia” in the “Darsena Nuova”, before the “Coppa Risiatori”. In background are the “gozzette” of “Sorgenti” and “Ardenza” and the motor yacht “I Dynasty”.Palio Marinaro, gozzi, gozzette, Livorno“San Marco-Pontino”, the quarter around “Porta San Marco”, was the winner of the 2006 and 2007 “Risiatori”.Palio Marinaro, gozzi, gozzetteWe have not yet visited “Salviano”, a quarter on the eastern limit of Livorno, the 2008 winner of the “Risiatori”.Palio Marinaro, gozzi, gozzette, LivornoThe boat of “Fabbricotti” was accidentally damaged before the race, so they had to use the “gozzo”of “Antignano”, which was not competing for health problems of some of his rowers.Palio Marinaro, gozzi, gozzette, LivornoThe winner of the 2009 “Risiatori” was the “Venezia”, which also won the chronometer race “Coppa Barontini”, disputed last Saturday in the “Fosso Reale” at night.

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15 comments:

That is the chicken said...

Great looking boats! I'd love to see them fully crewed and in action!

Per Stromsjo said...

Yet another example of an environmentally friendly mode of transportation.

joo said...

Nice boats, look so inviting:)

Saretta said...

Interesting traditions!

brattcat said...

thank you for being our guide. do you row?

Hilda said...

Gozzette meaning a small gozzi? Our nicknames are formulated similarly because of our Spanish past.

Must have been an exciting race!

Vogon Poet said...

@ brattcat - Sorry no, and anyway I would be too old to be competitive.
@ Hilda - Yes, a “gozzetta” is a small “gozzo”, mysteriously turned female.

B SQUARED said...

They look like they could use some modern technology but that would conflict with tradition.

James said...

Very interesting and I bet the rowers are in great shape. Maybe I will give it a try. j/k :-)

Jacob said...

Very interesting post. Shows a lifestyle derived from the environment in which you live.

Would love to see some of those races. Rowing is such a team sport...everyone must be in perfect synchronization.

Love the photos, too, VP!

cieldequimper said...

I would have loved to see that. I like you showing all of them like that!

m_m said...

Interesting! They look great:)

henny said...

What I love in these photos: boats with their reflection in waters and the names, Jacopo, Pontino, Salviano.

Baruch said...

Very nice - I like the solitary feel in your pictures

Per Stromsjo said...

Strength in sync. A worthy ideal for a traditional competition.