The Emblem of the Royal St. John's RegattaThe colors of the Royal St. John's Regatta crest represent its ties to the community, its purpose, and its history. The crest has evolved over the years as the history of the organization has changed.
All parts of the crest have some meaning to the history of the Royal St. John's Regatta, and to the sport of rowing in Newfoundland.
Supporters / Royal CrownWhen the designation Royal was given to the St. John's Regatta in 1993, the crest gained half caribou, half brown trout supporters. These are adorned by maple leafs and have circlets with the Royal Medallion hanging from them. The maple leafs represent competitors and spectators who come from all across the great nation of Canada, while the Royal Medallion represents the traditional connection that has existed between the Regatta and the Monarchy.
The supporters themselves represent the spirit of Quidi Vidi Lake. They have the strength of the caribou matched with the speed and agility of the brown trout - characteristics of all who compete in the races.
The caribou is taken from the Coat of Arms of Newfoundland and Labrador. When combined with the tail of the brown trout, it represents the riches of the natural resources of the province.
The supporters rest on a rocky formation which symbolizes the shores of Quidi Vidi Lake, where the races take place every year.
The LambThe crest employs a Paschal Lamb taken from the Crest of the City of St. John's. However, this lamb is holding an oar as opposed to the pennant staff on the city crest. This shows the close relationship between the Regatta and the City of St. John's.
The Lamb is standing on a rocky formation that is indicative of the connection with Newfoundland and Labrador.
Crown of Rocks / HelmetThe Lamb is standing on a rocky formation that is indicative of the connection with Newfoundland and Labrador.
This rocky formation is then encircled with alternating crosses of Malta and the Pitcher Plant, the provincial floral emblem. The Cross of Malta is used when mentioning St. John in heraldry because it is taken from the insignia of the Order of St. John, which was given to the Island of Malta by the Emperor, Charles V.
Below this is a crest wreath that shares the same colours as the Shield, silver and blue. From this flows the cape-like mantling, which leads to the helm or the helmet that rests atop the shield.
ShieldThe shield displays a vertical shell within an inverted chevron laid on a field of wavy silver and blue lines. This represents a Regatta shell cutting through the waters of Quidi Vidi lake to victory.
Rocks of Quidi VidiThe supporters rest on a rocky formation which symbolizes the shores of Quidi Vidi Lake, where the races take place every year.
The MottoAt the very bottom lies a golden banner with the Latin motto
"Certamen Traditione Regatur"
which translates as
"Let the Contest be Governed by Tradition"