Tess and Ennio had arrived with two other members of the Querini to row the Ashley at Henley Regatta, and give tuition to our growing band of vogatore, including Roger Blackburn, Alex Martin, Anthony De Winton, Tim Williams, John Rew, Ian Chater, to name but a few. At that time the club had one converted “Venetian punt” rigged with metal forcole to row venetian style, so the Sandolo was a very welcome addition, however we all felt a bit green under the eyes of expert Venetian oarsmen.
One of the rowers form the Querini, Roberto Costa, brought me a set of gondola plans, and most importantly enthusiasm and encouragement for what everyone else thought was a madcap scheme. later that year, during a trip to Venice to tour the gondola builders, I realised how complex and difficult a job it would be to build a gondola. It was Roberto who suggested a simpler solution; buy one and take it home. As a local he managed to find one at a bargain price and negotiate a deal.
It was Roberto who suggested a simpler solution; buy one and take it home.
On Easter Saturday in 1995 the transport arrived in Stratford-upon-Avon, and six weeks later, following a re-paint from stem to stern and new brass embellishments, Rosanna was re-dedicated at a launch party at the Boathouse attended by City Barge and our friends from Venice.