Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics
Each boat, rowed by a crew of eight rowers and a coxswain is made of fibreglass and decorated in bright colours to represent the city and headed by a figurehead: the winged horse of Amalfi, the dragon famed by it's encounter with St. George, the protector of Genoa; the eagle of Pisa, symbolizing the ancient bond between the Republic and the Holy Roman Empire; and the winged lion of Venice, representing Saint Mark the Evangelist, the patron saint of the city. The first figurehead over the finish line wins the coveted gold and silver trophy produced by the Goldsmith School of Florence depicting a galleon rowing supported by 4 seahorses, under which appear the coats of arms of the four Republics. The trophy remains in the hands of the winning city for a year.
The triumphant Venetian crew of 2015. The next time the race takes place in Venice will be 2019.