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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