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Windjammer Parade at Kiel Week in Germany, the world's biggest regatta and sailing event
Rowing, by Lucien Davis, 1898.
A view from the Race Committee boat at the start of Vanderbilt Sailing Club's annual SAISA regatta in 2005.
IACC-class Yacht at the Kiel Week 2005.
A team during a regatta (Lorient, France).

A regatta is a series of boat races. The term typically describes racing events of rowed or sailed water craft, although some powerboat race series are also called regattas. A regatta often includes social and promotional activities which surround the racing event, and except in the case of boat type (or "class") championships, is usually named for the town or venue where the event takes place.

Although regattas are typically amateur competitions, they are usually formally structured events, with comprehensive rules describing the schedule and procedures of the event. Regattas may be organized as championships for a particular area or type of boat, but are often held just for the joy of competition, camaraderie, and general promotion of the sport.

Sailing race events are typically held for a single class (a single model of boat, such as the Islander 36) and usually last more than one day. Regattas may be hosted by a yacht club, sailing association, town or school as in the case of the UK's National School Sailing Association and Interscholastic Sailing Association (high school) regattas or Intercollegiate Sailing Association (college) regattas. Currently, The Three Bridge Fiasco, conducted by the Singlehanded Sailing Society of San Francisco Bay with more than 350 competitors is the largest sailboat race in the United States.

One of the largest and most popular rowing regattas is the Henley Royal Regatta held on the River Thames, England. One of the largest and oldest yachting regattas in the world is Cowes Week, which is held annually by the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, England, and usually attracts over 900 sailboats. Cowes Week is predated by the Cumberland Cup (1775), Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta (1822) and Port of Plymouth Regatta (1823). North America's oldest regatta is the Royal St. John's Regatta held on Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John's, Newfoundland every year since 1818.

Etymology: From Venetian regata ("contention for mastery"), from regatare ("compete, haggle, sell at retail"), possibly from recatare.

Oldest sailing regattas

Rowing regattas

Sailing regattas

School regattas

  • Mallory Cup, United States high school sailing national championships.
  • Nixor College, the first college in Pakistan to launch a 'RAFT' regatta for team building.
  • Royal College Colombo, Oldest Regatta in Sri Lanka. (Royal-Thomian)
  • Sywoc, the Student Yachting World Cup organized by the students of the École Polytechnique.
  • The Brentwood Regatta is held in the spring and is one of the largest high school rowing regattas on the west coast of North America.
  • The NSSA National Youth Regatta is the largest dinghy sailing regatta and the largest youth sailing regatta in the UK. Due to its size the NYR visits a new location each year alternating between coastal and inland venues. Previous years venues include Bridlington (North Yorkshire), Datchet Sailing Club (West London) Plymouth (Devon), Redcar (North
    Mt. Baker Varsity 8 at Brentwood Regatta, April 2009.
    East England), Deal (Kent), Grafham Water (Cambridgeshire), Weymouth (Dorset) to name just a few.

University / college sailing regattas

Other regattas

  • "You Gotta Regatta", Pittsburgh, PA. Powerboats; jet skis; "anything that floats."
  • Stuart Sailfish Regatta, Stuart, FL. Boat classes; Jersey Skiffs, Inboard and outboard Hydroplanes, Grand Prix Series Stuart Sailfish Regatta
  • Beer Can Regatta, boats made from aluminium cans in Darwin, NT, Australia.
  • Madison Regatta, Madison, Indiana. (hydroplanes)
  • Kingston Multi-Hull Regatta, Kingston, Ontario (multihull sailboats and sailing hydrofoils)
  • Henley-on-Todd Regatta - an Australian dry-land event.
  • Hidden Lake Regatta, Columbus, Ohio. Sponsored in July each year by the Hidden Lake Yacht Club, featuring 8 non-motorized divisions.
  • Royal Hobart Regatta - a multiple event 3 day Reggatta in Tasmania, Australia.
  • Sy Barash Regatta - discontinued event at Penn State
  • Worrell 1000, between South Beach and Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, Toronto, Ontario
  • Drina Regatta is the most visited tourist and recreation manifestation and the central event in the Western Serbia
  • For the Cruise Ship Regatta see Oceania Cruises
  • The 826LA Paddle Boat Regatta, Los Angeles, CA (paddle boats)
  • Damariscotta Pumpkinfest Giant Pumpkin Boat Regatta, Damariscotta, Maine, held during Columbus Day weekend (paddle boats and motorized divisions)
  • Pumpkinfest Giant Pumpkin Boat Regatta, New Bremen, Ohio, held during Pumpkinfest
  • West Channel Yacht Club Reggatta, Eastlake, Ohio,

See also


  1. ^ Hunts Yachting Magazine 1865
  2. ^ Leinster Express, 30 August 1834
  3. ^ Athlone Sentinel, 31 Aug. 1835
  4. ^ "Appledore & Instow Regatta". Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Barcolana record falls, Esimit Europa 2 leads fleet of 1852 in the world's largest single start regatta". TheDailySail. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
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