Till the ‘80s every village celebrated two important feasts: a religious one for the Patron Saint and a secularsport feast for the organization of fixed seat rowing races. Even today some clubs organize and take part in rowing races but they aren’t anthropolog-ically interesting anymore. In the past rowers became legends, oars used as bludgeoning weapons to fix problems, parochialisms exacerbated by agonistic rivalry culminating in heavy mockery like the expression “singul de punta” referred to the rower who rowing alone with only one oar couldn’t go anywhere.

The club “U.S. Bellagina” (team colors: yellow and black) won a lot of trophies in the fixed seat rowing before moving to sliding seat. But it’s in this last one that Canottieri Bellagio (another name the press has given to the club) has created a breeding ground for champions: from Pescialli and Belgeri, champions in 1986, to Gandola; from the Sancassanis (brother and sister) to Daniele Gilardoni who made a feast of titles.

Every sportsman or sportswoman has superstitious rituals, and the same goes for the athletes of the Bellagina; during their training and above all before important races, they take care to pass near Villa Orlando; through one of the stained glass windows they can see their image reflected from the convex mirror and that is supposed to bring good luck to the athletes.


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