City Barge’s love affair with Venetian rowing began in about 1993. Members rowed sitting down in the 32 kilometer rally called the “Vogalonga”, around the Venetian lagoon. They became interested in rowing the event in Venetian style, standing up.
A ceremony took place at the clubhouse of the Società Canottieri Francesco Querini in Venice at which the Querini and City Barge were twinned. In September 1994 Querini gave City Barge a beautiful and practical boat, a Venetian sandolo, their equivalent to a Thames skiff, which was named the Ashley Clarke. Lady Clarke became our honorary vice president.
The following year City Barge returned the compliment by giving the Querini a Janousek sculling boat.