Meet the Row Venice Team
Whether amatoriali (for the love of the voga), regatanti (racers), or campioni-campionesse (champion rowers), your instructors all have one thing in common: they are mad about the voga, and are eager to share their passion with you.
JANEJANE Caporal started it all over 8 years ago in her small s’ciopòn, which she soon traded for the larger, rare, elegant batela coda di gambero. Jane hails from Bristol, England, grew up in Australia, married an Italian and has now lived in Venice longer (over 20 years) than in either of the other countries. Jane has been a vogatrice almost since she arrived, and regularly carries home a bandiera in the many regattas she rows in throughout the season, even rowing the the Regata Storica in 2015. Jane is the President of Row Venice, and handles customer relations, lesson and instructor scheduling, group arrangements and more.
NANNAN McElroy became a voga appassionata not long after she moved to Venice in 2004. She has rowed Venetian style across the lagoon, around the the Po river delta, over to Friuli, abroad in France, on the Thames and even around the island of Ponza. She joined forces with Jane in 2012 to help share the experience of the Venetian voga with travelers and residents alike; she is also a sommelier, and loves to share her knowledge of regional wines with rower-foodies who opt for the Cichetto Row outing. Nan is co-coordinator, focusing on digital operations, scheduling, images & web content.
ANNAANNA Santagiustina is Veneziana D.O.C, born in Venice with a family she traces back to the mid-1700s. As a child, Anna learned the secrets of the voga by studying the gondoliers beneath her window on the rio behind the Malibran Theatre; as a retired middle school teacher Anna is also great with kids and families. Anna is available for lessons in English, French, Italian—or Venetian, of course.
CAROLINECAROLINE Barray moved to Venice from Paris almost 15 years ago, and started rowing not long after that. She even participated in the famed Regata Storica after rowing only a few years. A talented sculptor and artist, internationally renown for her creation of vibrant animal sculptures from recycled metal, Caroline also offers painting lessons en plein air at Painting Venice. Caroline will give you a lesson in English, or her native French.
CRISTINACRISTINA Montin loves to teach. She started rowing as a child, learning from and absorbing the passion of her father, Paolo. Cristina is also an avid racer, with a passion to put herself to the test, participating in the most competitive city-wide races throughout her 15-year racing career as a Campionessa. She’s placed in her preferred Murano regata almost regularly, as well as in the Regata Storica, claiming a 4th place finish. Cristina has continued to refine her rowing and racing skills, obtaining the 2º level instructor certification. So…be ready to learn from one of the best!
ELENAELENA Almansi is also venexiàn to the core. She’s a regata campionessa, and as daughter of two Venetian rowing champions she comes by her voga expertise quite naturally. In fact, she and instructor Rossana Nardo took 3rd place in their first Regata Storica as rowing partners in 2015. Elena will give you a lesson in English or Italian, and can explain in detail the workings of anything from Venetian oar to the non-stop regate she participates in, to Italian law if you so desire: law is her father’s vocation and her university major.
ELISAELISA Costantini was born on Burano, the island in the north lagoon known to travelers for fishing and lace traditions, but to locals for their rich history of innumerable champion regatanti. Elisa starting rowing at 10 years old; at 15 began competing against established campionesse in city-wide races. Now approaching a sage 18 years, Elisa studies languages at the Instituto Turistico Algarotti in Venice, and can conduct your lesson in English, Spanish, and French.
GABRIELLAGABRIELLA Lazzari was born in Togo, Africa (!) to a Sicilian mother and papà Venessiàn; they all returned home to Venice in 1971. She began rowing for fun, but her passion soon drove her to begin competing and she hasn’t stopped since. She has participated in the renown Regata Storica, in other regate of all types and boats practically non-stop, and in the yearly Vogalonga marathon as well. Gabriella teaches kids at one rowing club; with Row Venice she hopes to transmit both the art of the voga and her passion for the Venetian lagoon to you, in both English and French.
GIULIA Tagliapietra was born on the north lagoon island of Burano. As her father is a fisherman, she has been rowing Venetian-style since she was 11-years old. She qualified for her first Regata Storica at only 17 years, an extraordinary accomplishment. Giulia graduated university with one degree in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation and another in International Relations; she is also very interested in the topic of gender equality. Giulia loves to travel (studying in Argentina and South America, working as an intern in Australia) but she always likes to return home to Venice. Giulia is available for lessons in English and Français.