What is the Venice lagoon Raid "Classic"?

It's a boat tour in 5 days, wandering around the Venice Lagoon, between water and land, discovering the quietest and most poetic spots of the Venice not normally seen by tourists, uncontaminated by roaring engines. In the historical centre of Venice you can wander silently in the "calli", on the Lagoon the peace and tranquillity is granted by oars or sails, triangles stolen from the deep blue sky. It’s an opportunity not to be missed to stop an gaze while going! …going sailing!! Five days at the end of spring, when the wind accompanies you wherever you go and the water under the hull is fresh, five days along a magic route that develops through the isles, the canals, the nets placed by fishermen for centuries under the silent flight of the seagulls... tenderly touching Venice as you can do only by boat. It’s a bubble of saltish water in which, for some days, tradition and innovation float together, the ancient colours of the wood and the bright ones of the more modern materials... latin, “al terzo”, bermudian sails... expert sailors and Lagoon new-timers, enthusiastic and passionate men and women. It’s a competition in which, aside from the final result, the first prize is for everyone because those who participate win an adventure which they won’t forget very easily. Classic boats together with the more modern and performing ones, they engage and overtake playing with the wind in order to reach, when the light will sit west and the moorings will be safe, the same goal: share everything the day has donated with the others. Tricky tides, invisible sand spots, whimsical winds and unforeseeable weather make the raid an authentic lagoon safari, a nautical adventure which is unique in its genre. You will want to come back, that’s for granted!

How is Velaraid “Classic” carried out?

  • Each day will be two races whose average path is around 10 miles each.
  • Spend the lunch hour moored alongside Paradise, a wonderful bragozzo equipped with kitchen, that is be able, for those who want it and by reservation, to prepare a complete hot meal.
  • At evening we will anchor in a safe harbour, we will fresh up and get together for dinner in the typical places that we encounter along the way
  • After dinner, charts and weather forecasts in hand, we will plan the route for the next day in detail
  • Via advance booking, you can choose to stay in inns, hostels, hotels or campsites in the immediate vicinity

Maximum number of participants

The limits connected to the mooring places available, the capacity of the bragozzo to prepare hot meals and the number of beds available in the proximities forces us to set a maximum number of 75 boats and most probably to split the group in 2 or more flottillas.
We can grant the offered services for this number of boats.
However, once this limit has been reached, the organization committee can consider the possibility of accepting a greater number of boats as long as they are completely independent as far as lunch, dinner overnight stays and moorings are concerned. This means that if you possess a small cabin cruiser in which you can sleep and cook meals it is likely that you will be able to join the great caravan of Velaraid. Still, this is at the organization’s discretion.

What do you need to participate?

  • five days without commitments;
  • a boat with centerboard draft with a maximum of 40-50 cm drift up, and reefable sails and a propulsion system alternative to the sail (outboard engine or oars)
  • the normal safety equipment (anchor, life jackets, VHF, compass, lights, whistle, first aid kit)
  • a minimum reserve of drinking water and waste bags (we do not want to leave any trace of our passage)
  • clothing and accessories to meet all weather conditions
  • a little 'spirit of adaptation and healthy competitiveness
Reduced Raid, boarding and rental
We remind you that it will be possible to join the fleet also for less than five days!
What’s more it will be possible, for those who don’t own a boat or that own one that is not suitable to lagoon navigation, to verify the availability of a boarding or the rental of a boat by contacting the organization adequately on time.

Arrival and reception:

Circolo Velico Casanova is one of the nautical clubs present at Punta san Giuliano. See the map.

It is not a marina, there are no slipways but there are three cranes with which you can put Your boat on the water free of charge.
Once You park and rig your boat, You can concede yourself a well-deserved refreshment at the bar managed by “Papi” or a first taste of the Venice Lagoon.
CVC has showers and baths. In addition, there’s a beautiful lawn where You can relax by drinking a fresh beer.
The reception takes place the evening before the start of the event. All the crews gather on the lawn of Circolo Velico Casanova for a welcome party by candle light... well-known and new faces... old and young raiders.
A moment of gathering useful to begin to comprehend the first secrets of the Lagoon, to meet one another and familiarise with the faces and the names of those who, for the next 5 days, will be Your adventure and navigational mates.

Development of the event

You will be able to participate in as many as three events in just a week.
That is because Velaraid has decided to put itself between the renowned Vogalonga (visit Vogalonga is a festival for everybody who likes oars and it is today, as it was back when it was born, a pacific protest against the excessive waves caused by the motor boats which are dangerous both for the city of Venice and the lagoon itself.
We bring this event to Your attention because, usually, many of the boats that participate to sailing raids also have oar power and we noticed that many raiders are excellent oarsmen as well as sailors.

Once the Vogalonga is finished there’s a gap day (Monday) in which to relax, rig the boat for Velaraid and there we are at the opening dinner. The next morning we meet at 7 at CVC to put the boats on the water, do a quick briefing and set off. From there onwards Velaraid has started and you can forget all your worries for five days and concentrate only on courses, depths and landscapes.
On Saturday, as a grand finale, we will enter in the fabulous Arsenale di Venezia and from there we will quietly go back to base at San Giuliano: some hours to rest before the dinner which end Velaraid and introduces to Velalonga ( there will be a price giving ceremony for the raiders and You will be able to meet the crews which take part in Velalonga.
Sunday morning there will be Velalonga!!! A 10-mile regatta around Venice which counts around 200 boats of various dimensions, types and origins. All the raiders are obviously invited to participate also to this great event. After the dinner on Saturday Velaraid terminates after a week of sun, wind and fun. Many participants already think about the next edition… for us organisers it is the best compliment. Velaraid Classic will come back in two years (even years).