Regatta Day

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2023 DateAugust 2, 2023
2024 DateAugust 7, 2024
Regatta Day

Regatta Day History

Regatta Day seeks to pay tribute to North America’s oldest sporting event, rowing. Rowing involves a narrow boat, called a racing shell, and oars. It is a competitive water sport that has been practiced since the 17th century. According to St. Johns Regatta, the first organized event was in 1816 in St. John’s Harbour. This day aims to acknowledge the long-lasting competitive event and celebrate the tradition. It encourages watching celebratory rowers and enjoying the festivities of the day. According to St. Johns Regatta, close to 50,000 people show up at Quidi Vidi Lake to celebrate the event.

Regatta Day was given a Royal designation in 1993 though it was widely acknowledged in 1818. It is observed annually on the first Wednesday in August.

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Regatta Day Facts & Quotes

  • St. Johns Regatta was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19 but will resume in 2022. The committee will introduce two new race categories: Men’s Short Course, and Senior Women’s Long Course. Crews for the first time can choose either course length.
  • The official record for the full course (2.450 km) belongs to Crosbie Industrial Services. In 2007, their time was 8.51.32.
  • The motto on the Royal St John Regatta emblem says Certamen Traditione Regatur. This translates to let the contest be governed by tradition.

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