Regatta


Regatta

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 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, England. The oldest running regatta in the world is Cowes Week, which is held annually by the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, England and usually attracts over 900 sailboats. 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 1826. Additional examples of regattas are listed below.

Rowing regattas

*Henley Royal Regatta, held every year on the river Thames is the most prestigious British event
*Royal St. John's Regatta, held every year on Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John's, Newfoundland, North America's oldest annual sporting event.
*The Boat Race is a rowing race between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club. It is rowed annually each Spring on the Thames in London.
*Regattas on the River Thames lists all Thames rowing regattas and other rowing events
*Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, held annually at the end of August on the River Dart.
*Dad Vail Regatta, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
*Head of the Charles Regatta, on the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts
*Marathon Rowing Championship a continuous 26.2-mile rowing regatta on Cane River Lake in Natchitoches, Louisiana
*maltese regatta
*The Croco's Cup, international rowing regatta at University level held every year in Paris since 1985, organised by students of ENSTA (Paristech).
*COEP regatta held annually at the College of Engineering Pune in India

ailing regattas

*America's Cup, hosted by prior winner
*Auckland Anniversary Regatta held annually on the Waitemata Harbour to celebrate Auckland Anniversary Day
*Balmain Regatta held annually on Sydney Harbour, Australia
* Bass Week, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria
*Bay Week, Put-in-Bay, Ohio
*Block Island Race Week, Rhode Island
*Canada's Cup, held periodically on the Great Lakes.
*CORK Regatta, Kingston, Ontario, annually in August.
*CASON Grand Prize Solo Regatta, Lake Balaton, Hungary, held annually in September.
*Cowes Week, Royal Yacht Squadron, England
*Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, held annually at the end of August over three days on the River Dart.
*Fowey Royal Regatta, Fowey Cornwall annually in August [http://www.foweyroyalregatta.co.uk/index.htm]
*Hangon Regatta, an annual event in the city of Hanko, Finland, infamous for attracting large groups of partying youths with a tangential interest in the sailing itself
*Kamer 2 Sailing Marathon, Kaag, Netherlands, annually in September
*Key West Race Week, Key West, Florida
*Kiel Week, Kiel/Germany - the largest sailing event in the world
*Larchmont Race Week, Larchmont Yacht Club, New York
*Long Beach Race Week, Long Beach, California
*National Offshore One Design (NOOD)
*Port Huron to Mackinac Boat Race, Mighigan
*Round Texel, Texel, Netherlands, annually in June
*Sail Melbourne, Held annually on Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay
* [http://www.lysekilwomensmatch.se Lysekil Women's Match] , Lysekil, Sweden, annually in August
*Tjörn Runt, Tjörn, Sweden, annually in August
*Washington's Birthday Regatta, at the Barnacle Historic State Park, Coconut Grove, Florida, annually in February
*Youngstown Levels, Youngstown, New York
*Figawi Race, Hyannis, MA

College Sailing Regattas

*Charleston Open, College of Charleston
*Kennedy Cup, US Naval Academy
*The Roth Regatta, Roth Pond, State University of New York at Stony Brook
*Intercollegiate Sailing Association National Championships, various locations

High school sailing regattas

*Mallory Cup, United States high school sailing national championships.
* [http://regatta.brentwood.bc.ca/ The Brentwood Regatta] is held in the spring and is one of the largest high school sailing regattas on the west coast of North America.
*The National School Sailing Association Regatta, UK. Annual Sailing reggatta held in various sailing clubs and competed in by many secondary school students.
*Sywoc, the Student Yachting World Cup organized by the students of the Ecole Polytechnique.

Other regattas

*The 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.
*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
*For the Cruise Ship Regatta see Oceania Cruises

External links

* [http://www.sailing.org/ International Sailing Federation, the international governing body of sailboat racing]
* [http://www.ussailing.org/ US Sailing's official homepage]


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  • Regatta — Sf Wettfahrt für Boote per. Wortschatz fach. (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus it. regata Gondelwettfahrt , zu it. regatar wetteifern (vermutlich aus früh rom. * captiāre zu erringen suchen ).    Ebenso nndl. regatta, ne. regatta, nfrz. régate,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Regatta — Re*gat ta (r?*g?t t?), n.; pl. {Regattas} ( t?z). [It. regatta, regata.] Originally, a gondola race in Venice; now, a rowing or sailing race, or a series of such races. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • regatta — 1650s, name of a boat race among gondoliers held on the Grand Canal in Venice, from Italian (Venetian dialect) regatta, lit. contention for mastery, from regattare to compete, haggle, sell at retail, possibly from recatare. The general meaning of …   Etymology dictionary

  • Regatta — (ital.), Wettfahren der Gondelführer auf den Kanälen Venedigs bei besonderen feierlichen Gelegenheiten …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Regatta [1] — Regatta, blau und weiß gestreiftes Schürzen und Kittelzeug aus Watergarnen Nr. 24 mit 32 Fäden auf 1 cm. Regattaköper, geköpertes Gewebe dieser Art …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Regatta [2] — Regatta (ital.), ursprünglich ein Ruderwettkampf der Venezianer, von der Regierung seit 1315 alljährlich angeordnet, um die Jugend seetüchtiger zu machen. Später wurden die Regatten prunkvolle Feste und bürgerten sich auch außerhalb Venedigs ein …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Regatta — (ital.), ursprünglich die Wettfahrten auf den Kanälen Venedigs; dann jede Wettfahrt auf dem Wasser (Segel R., Ruder R.), bes. in England beliebt, seit 1874 auch in Deutschland …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Regatta — Regatta: Das Wort für »Bootswettkampf« wurde im 18. Jh. aus dem Venez. übernommen, wo es zuerst nur von Wettfahrten der Gondeln in Venedig galt. Die weitere Herkunft von venez. regata ist ungewiss …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • regatta — ► NOUN ▪ a sporting event consisting of a series of boat or yacht races. ORIGIN Italian, a fight or contest …   English terms dictionary

  • regatta — [ri gät′ə, ri gat′ə] n. [It (Venetian) regata, gondola race, lit., a striving for mastery < rigattare, to compete, wrangle < ri (< L re , RE ) + grattare, to scratch < Gmc * kratton > Ger kratzen] 1. a boat race 2. a series of such …   English World dictionary


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