Royal St. John's Regatta
Dates: August 7, 2013
The Royal St. John’s Regatta is the oldest continuously organized sporting event in North America.
The Regatta dates back to the times when sea captains in port, would wager on the strength of their sailors, and used their gigs or whale boats to race across the harbour and back. From those days, as far back as 1816, our Royal St. John’s Regatta eventually moved to beautiful Quidi Vidi Lake where the shorelines offered all the citizens a chance to cheer on their favourite crew and enjoy a day of fun and activity.
What makes our Royal Regatta so unique? Our shells have fixed seats, are just over 50 feet long and weigh over 450 lbs. They hold a crew of six, plus coxswain. Our races start and finish at the same spot – but all five crews that make up a race, have to “turn the buoys” at the half way point – a true feat of athleticism and teamwork. With a full day of races on the pond – the day ends with the Championship Races for top five men’s and women’s crews. Every fraction of a second shaved off a record is a great cause for celebration and pride.
Our Regatta is more than that, even more than our most favourite sport, it’s a day for family and friends, young and old, visitor and neighbours. All around the shores of beautiful Quidi Vidi Lake are concessionaires offering all manner of food and treats for the whole family. Community groups who volunteer to staff a booth on Regatta Day will entice you to play games of chance, or games of skill. “Try your luck!” is a call that appeals to tourists and locals alike. Fun is fun!
Tourism for Newfoundland’s capital city developed a promotion called a “St. John’s Time” marketed as the best time for a visit. The key event during the last two weeks in July and the first two weeks of August – is the Royal St. John’s Regatta!
Newfoundlanders usually plan their summer trip home to coincide with The Regatta!
We invite you to come and experience this fabulous sport and social event in our fair city! Come see what you’re missing!