First Ever Red Bull Candola 4/9/11

Get Ready To Set Sail (Or Sink) For The First Ever Red Bull Candola
Saturday, April 9th
New River
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

For more information on Red Bull Candola and to find a full list of participating teams, check out

Twenty-five Teams Chosen to Compete in this Inaugural Event in Gondola History

Pirates, Vikings, and spaghetti – oh, my! It’s clear the lineup of teams for the first Red Bull Candola is a creative bunch and they’re ready to bring their gondola making skills to the Venice of America – Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On Saturday, April 9th , this festive event will take place at the New River as teams of three will row their manmade (and human-powered) crafts down a .33 mile course between Huizenga Plaza and Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

A team of gondola making experts chose the coveted 25 teams to participate in Red Bull Candola after carefully reviewing and analyzing their Italian craftsmanship based on their design submissions. As you can tell by the highlighted submissions below they are all bello and certain to entertain. All of the teams and their craft designs can be found at

When You Build Crazy Boats And Then Somehow They Float, That’s Candola!

While some crafts vary from a charging bull to techno loving Vikings, water safety is every team’s number one priority. Team vessels will be made using light weight and environmentally safe materials. While in theory we want all of their gondolas to stay afloat, it’s not very likely and we need to keep the water safe for its inhabitants. All boats must be entirely human-powered – in other words, no motors or stored energy – and cannot exceed 100 pounds (without passengers) and must be between six and twelve feet long. Oh, and strong swimming skills are required by all aboard.

Aside from their race time, teams will also be judged on creativity and showmanship and to win over the hearts of the crowd and judges, each team will perform a 30 second skit before they race – much like its big brother Red Bull Flugtag.