The Royal St. John's Regatta is the oldest organized sporting event
in North America. It has been a part of Newfoundland history for
185 years. The first record of an organized event is in 1818, but rowing matches were common among ships crews
in St. John's Harbour since at leats the 1700's.
These days, the Regatta draws crowds of up to 50,000 people annually to the shores
of Quidi Vidi Lake
. It is widely
known as "The Largest Garden Party in the World" because it has been about
socializing as much as amateur sport. Concession stands, wheels of fortune, games of chance, and food & drink are just as much part of the Regatta's history
as the races. Indeed, many people hardly notice the races, as they are too involved
in the merrymaking on the shores of the lake.
This website offers an insight into the history and
traditions of the Royal St. John's Regatta. Browse around, look at
images, and read articles relating to the
Regatta. Click here
to learn more about this site.