Splish, Splash, Teresa is Home

Moving Teresa was a big job but it went smoothly and Teresa is at home in the Channel Island Harbor.  Take a look at part 3 of GondolaGreg’s blog about getting Teresa in the harbor….

Monday, January 13, 2014

Teresa Moves to Oxnard – the Splashing

After all the loading, strapping, and driving, we arrived in Oxnard.  The various removable pieces were set in place and the Teresa was ready to grace the waters of Channel Islands Harbor.

Red velvet seats, lots of fresh black paint, she’s ready to splash!
I backed the trailer into the water while Konnor steadied himself,
ready to give that last push.  Tim stood on the dock snapping photos,
and Mark celebrated this important moment by filling the air with the sound
of his didgeridoo.  Yes, I know, you didn’t see that coming and neither did I,
but we do things a little differently here, and we like it that way – and besides, it sounded really great.
Before we knew it, there was another gondola in the water in Southern California.  We all took a moment to admire her once again.
Sure, we’d seen this boat plenty already, but while a gondola may look great out of the water, she was made to be admired afloat.
As you can see, the design of Teresa is unique – in several ways she is unlike any other gondola.

An eye-catching detail, added moments after the gondola splashed into the water, was this dramatic brass bowpiece – suitable for Alex Hai’s gondola in Venice, known as “Pegasus”.

A proper christenning was in order.  Chris stepped up with a bottle of bubbly and said a few meaningful words, 
Of course we don’t break bottles over our precious boats in the gondola world; spraying is the way to go for us.
Next, we all took turns taking her out for a spin – here’s Chris at the helm.

Tim rowed Teresa masterfully,

 Finally Mark stepped on the back and took over, here’s an over-the-shoulder shot.

If I do say so myself, he looks great on the back of that boat. 

Thank You Gondola Greg!

As Gondola Paradiso has been coming together behind the scenes.  After months of planning it’s just about to open.  This is an article GondolaGreg.com posted on his blog.  This blog posting shows the true camaraderie of the Gondola community.

Gondola Paradiso launch date

Posted on GondolaGreg.com on Saturday January 11, 2014….

Today I got to be part of one of the most significant events in the
gondola business: The launching of a new operation.

The players are all people I’ve known for many years, but the boat and the location are both new and exciting.

Today, Mark Schooling (one of the hardest working gondoliers I know) launched a gondola business of his own in Channel Islands Harbor – a popular waterway in Oxnard, California.

The spirit of camaraderie among gondoliers and company owners is one of my favorite things about operating in Southern California; a few of us were there to lift, move, drive, launch, toast and row. It was a truly great day.

There’s lots to talk about: The man, the boat, the location, and the friends who were there, but it’s been a long day and I’m exhausted.

So for now, I’ll just register my congratulations to Mark, and say thanks for letting me be part of such a big day.

Printed by GondolaGreg on January 11, 2014