Whitby Regatta

 

2021

 

21st, 22nd and 23rd August.

 

 

The Whitby Regatta committee, its volunteers, rowing clubs and Whitby Yacht Club have been working very hard in conjunction with Scarborough Borough Council and other partners to perpetuate our historic community event that is so important to Whitby and our community.

This is the Whitby Regatta's 181st year - and now that Social distancing has been relaxed, the Whitby Regatta committee are pleased to confirm that it is possible to hold the event, all be it smaller than in previous years.

 

Although, for purely organisational reasons, some of the Regatta favourites will be missing for 2021, they will return in future years.

The Whitby Regatta committee advise the continuing use of face coverings in crowded areas.

 Ivor Greer

Chairman

History of the Whitby Regatta

The Whitby Regatta presents to you a full weekend of entertainment, embracing yacht racing, rowing races and various free forms of entertainment, finishing with a prize presentation and spectacular firework display.

With a history of over one hundred and eighty years of aquatic competition and entertainment. The Whitby Regatta is probably the oldest sea Regatta on the northeast coast in England and has drawn large crowds into Whitby over the years.

It started in a very small way with the fishermen competing against each other in their fishing smacks and salmon cobbles. Then came the yachts. It was recorded in 1847 "The Whitby Challenge Cup", promoted by the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club, was won by the Schooner "Whiled", and a prize of 50 guineas was presented to the captain or owner. Between that date and up to the nineteen thirties, yacht racing formed the greater part of the Regatta.

Unfortunately, due to the high cost of building these large yachts of approximately 20 tons, and a changing world, they slowly disappeared from the scene. The cost of maintaining such a yacht today must be astronomical. It was about 1872 that competitive rowing came into being. In that year, the Jet Works Amateur Rowing Club was formed, 1874 saw the birth of Scarborough Amateur Rowing Club and in 1879 the Friendship Amateur Rowing Club. Then came the Whitby Amateur Rowing Club in 1912, which later became the present day Whitby Fisherman's Amateur Rowing Club. All three Clubs are still going strong today, forming one of the main attractions of today's Regatta.

Over the years, rowing clubs from the Tyne to Scarborough have participated in Regattas held on the North East Coast, sadly only two Regattas are still being held, Scarborough and Whitby.

In 1901 the late Alderman JET Wilson J.P - C.C. of West Hartlepool presented the "Wilson Cup". valued at £25, for competition to Rowing Clubs based between the Tyne and Humber. This is the most coveted trophy rowed for today. 1929 saw the first fancy dress and decorated carts, this was the forerunner of the present day regatta and carnival. It is recorded that in 1900, 11,000 people travelled by special trains from the West Riding, York, Bridlington and Newcastle. Today that figure is estimated at 20,000, most travelling by coach and private car.

Regatta Dates

 

Future Regatta Dates

13th, 14th & 15th August 2022

12th, 13th & 14th August 2023

17th, 18th & 19th August 2024

9th,  10th  & 11th August 2025

8th,   9th   & 10th August 2026

14th, 15th & 16th August 2027