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Lazzari is one of some 20 women who teach tourists from around the world how to row standing up, Venetian style, in "batela coda di gambero," or shrimp-tailed wooden boats.Most of the women who teach "voga" also race professionally, and Row Venice sponsors them.There is currently only one female gondolier in the whole city.The British-born Australian, who has lived in Venice for 30 years, says she picked the batela -- a traditional workboat now out of production -- because it is more stable than the asymmetrical gondola and easier to maneuver.The Doges of Venice, the republic's rulers until the 18th century, boasted golden, two-deck ships that were used yearly in a "Marriage of the Sea" ceremony that symbolically wedded Venice to the water.Row Venice pays tribute to the Carnival city's heyday by sponsoring parties held on boats in the lagoon on summer nights.
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