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see rowingrowing,
the art of propelling a boat by means of oars operated by hand. Boats propelled by oars (e.g., the galley) were used in ancient times for both war and commerce. Rowing is now generally used only for propelling small boats or for sport.
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; sailingsailing,
as a sport, the art of navigating a sailboat for recreational or competitive purposes. Racing Classes

There is no single "yacht type" of boat, rather many types that include sloops, yawls, catamarans, and ketches.
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a large-scale, usually traditional sailing or rowing competition consisting of a series of races for various classes of boats. Sometimes the term “regatta” is used to designate motor-boat competitions.

One of the first famous regattas was the Venetian gondoliers’ regatta, which was held in 1740. Since the mid-19th century sailing and rowing regattas have been held in Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Belgium; since the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th they have also been held in the Scandinavian countries, Russia, the USA, Canada, Latin America, and elsewhere. The Henley Royal Regatta for college rowing and the Kiel sailing regatta have gained world renown. The Henley Royal Regatta has been held since 1839 on the Thames River at the town of Henley, near London. The Kiel sailing regatta has been held since 1897 in Kiel Bay in the Baltic Sea, Germany, now in the FRG.

The following sailing regattas are held annually in the USSR: the Volga, which has been held since 1937 on the Volga River at Saratov, Kuibyshev, Gorky, and other cities; the Baltic, held since 1945 in the Gulf of Riga and the Gulf of Finland; and the Black Sea, held since 1946 at Sevastopol’, Odessa, and Yalta. The Great Moscow, held since 1961, and the Amber Oars, held since 1965 at Trakai, in the Lithuanian SSR, are annual rowing regattas.

The term “regatta” is also used to designate the sailing competitions that are included in the program of the Olympic Games and the meets that precede these competitions.


an organized series of races of yachts, rowing boats, etc.


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We are beyond grateful and honored to have the support and generosity of the Bay Area sailing community and corporate sponsors for the Leukemia Cup Regatta," said Jennifer Daly, Leukemia Cup Regatta Senior Campaign Manager.
The Captain John Piper Regatta is sponsored by Dean Harrigan, which provides the Advanced Squad with adequate preparations for upcoming regattas.
In the Durham Regatta, the university crews scooped three trophies, while two men's crews won the finals at the Marlow Regatta.
We will be working closely with the regatta to make sailing with Sunsail even more accessible, both in the UK and at our many overseas locations.
The 180th Durham Regatta, dubbed the Henley of the North, saw 600 crews from across the UK take to the waters of the River Wear to enter almost 500 races.
Panerai have shown over a number of years a commitment to supporting premier classic regattas around the world, and we are proud that the British Classic Yacht Club Cowes Regatta is to be numbered among the most prestigious.
Dubai: Emirates Team New Zealand claimed their third successive regatta victory on Sunday when taking the Portugal Trophy, the fourth round of the Audi MedCup series.
The regatta takes place on the river Dart with various historical and naval vessels on display.
Summary: Emirates Team New Zealand has sealed its win of the second regatta in the Audi MedCup circuit and now leads the series.
This evening on the Marine Lake at West Kirby the Junior Regattas for both clubs will take place with racing from 7pm for Optimists and Handicap dinghies.
The National Veterans Championships and Loughborough Regattas at Holme Pierrepoint in Nottingham were taking place on the same weekend as the equally prestigious two-day Durham Regatta held on the River Wear in Durham City.
Pembroke's Little Haven Regatta has entertained families for more than 50 years with a day of competitions including novelty swimming and fishing events.