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A regatta is a term used to describe either a boat race, or series of boat races. Although the term typically describes racing events of unpowered water craft, some powerboat race series are also called regattas. Most commonly, a regatta is either a series of rowing, sailing, gondola races or yacht racing. 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 regatta are typically amateur competitions, they are usually very highly organized, formally structured events, with complex rules precisely 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. Frequently sailing racing events are held for single class, or for one particular model sailboat such as the Islander 36. 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.

One of the largest and most popular regattas is the Henley Royal Regatta held on the River Thames, Englandmarker. The oldest running regatta in the world is Cowes Week, which is held annually by the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowesmarker, England and usually attracts over 900 sailboats. North America's oldest regatta is the Royal St. John's Regatta held on Quidi Vidi Lakemarker in St. John's, Newfoundlandmarker every year since 1826. Additional examples of regattas are listed below.

Rowing regattas

Rowing, by Lucien Davis, 1898


Sailing regattas



University / College Sailing Regattas



School regattas

  • 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
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    Baker Varsity 8 at Brentwood Regatta, April, 2009.
    England), Deal (Kent), Grafham Water (Cambridgeshire), Weymouth (Dorset) to name just a few.
  • Mallory Cup, United Statesmarker high school sailing national championships.
  • 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.




Other regattas



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