When the Orlando Shipyard was opened in 1865 on the site of the San Rocco Lazzaretto, the district underwent considerable social changes. Many hundreds of shipyard workers lived here and their marine skills were developed to produce many excellent rowers, port pilots, fishermen, swimmers and boat builders. So while the district grew wealthy on its artisan activities, the pride of the Borgo was its rowing team which regularly took part in the Palio Marinaro of the time.
The team can always count on the support of the local inhabitants with which it has an excellent rapport.
The Borgo Cappuccini rowing team has won an amazing 20 Palio Marinaro races with a ten-man boat, the last one in 2005.