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What is a Regatta and where do they play it?

Monday 4 March 2019 Blog

A regatta is a boat race or a sequence of boat races. The word origins from the Venetian language regatta, which means "match, competition, tournament or contest" and typically describes racing events of rowed or sailed water craft mainly, although some powerboat competitions are also called regattas. Whilst regattas are typically amateur and non-professional competitions, they are usually well-organized events, with written rules and regulations which describe the procedures and timing of the race. Regattas may be organized as championships for a particular area or type of boat but are often played just for the thrill and excitement given from the game, for people who love sailing, water, sea and for advertising of this sport. These sailing events are typically held for a single class or a single model of boat and usually last for more than one day.

The competitions often offer also social entertainments and activities for those who watch at the tournaments. They are considered a very luxurious event and is not uncommon to meet private jets in the closest airport’s apron.  Except in the case of a specific boat type (or "class") championships, the match is usually named after the town or venue where the game takes place. Regattas may be hosted by a yacht club, sailing association, town or schools.

One of the largest and most popular rowing regattas is held on the River Thames in England. The oldest regatta is the Royal St. John’s regatta and held in North America every year since 1818. Currently, The Three Bridge Fiasco, conducted in the San Francisco Bay with more than 350 competitors is the largest sailboat race in the United States.

Other important regattas take place in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, Canada, Caribbean and Italy.

Ad hoc flights can be easily organized to reach any of these destinations, if your wish is to take part at the regatta game.

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