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If you search the internet for information about sailing, mooring or anchoring in Venice and the Venetian lagoon you will find very little. Likewise, the Pilot Books and Cruising Guides for the region contain few facts and tips for exploring this fascinating city and incredible lagoon wetland. A real adventure then, to explore and discover for yourself.

Day 1

We leave Muggia in north eastern Italy early in the morning for an 8 hour sail with a light north-westerly breeze blowing us across the top of the Adriatic Sea, heading for the Lido inlet to the Venetian lagoon.

There are only 2 marinas suitable for multihulls in the lagoon (Marina Vento di Venezia on La Certosa Island, and Marina Santelena on Sant’ Elena Island). We choose Marina Vento di Venezia for 2 reasons - it is the cheaper of the two and it is situated on a lovely green island where one can run and cycle. Both marinas are only 10 minutes by “Vaporetto” water bus from Saint Mark’s Square and could not be more conveniently located for all of the sights of the City of Venice itself. We are assisted to our mooring at the marina by a very helpful “marinaio” and the check in process is both easy and friendly.

What a welcome, and just in time for drinks as the sun sets over Venice.

In the marina, just a few cables from Venice: the ideal spot to set off from and discover the City of the Doges and the lagoon.

Day 2

We are up early for the short vaporetto ride from the marina to Saint Mark’s Square and for a day full of exploring the canals and alleyways of Venice. Up until 2015, it was possible to purchase a temporary license to operate your RIB in the Venetian lagoon and canals of Venice. The office for temporary licenses has now closed and it seems there is no-one who can advise if using your own RIB is permitted or not. We decide it will be better not to try exploring any of central Venice canals by RIB and rather use the excellent public transport system to get around.

There are so many famous sights to take in that we could easily spend days here, but as we want to explore the lagoon by boat, we pick our top sights for the day and are happy to come back to explore on foot another time.

Bicycles are surely one of the best ways - along with a boat - to discover most of the lagoon’s islands.

Day 3

Today we decide to visit the island of Murano - famous for its glassmaking.

As there is no way to know whether we can moor or anchor “Lady Roslyn” near Murano, we decide to take the RIB from Marina Vento di Venezia to Murano. We have been advised that all commercial traffic on the lagoon has right of way, so we keep to the edges of the waterways, staying close to the vertical wooden poles which indicate channels of safe passage throughout the lagoon. The canals of Murano are very quiet and we are able to explore many narrow passageways before we tie the RIB up near the center of Murano to explore the glass factories and the town on foot.

We return to the marina in the late afternoon, cast off and motor “Lady Roslyn” past the new MOSE flood barrier which is being constructed at the entrance to the lagoon in an effort to protect the city of Venice and the Venetian Lagoon from flooding. After slowly ...

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