St. John’s, Newfoundland – Every year on the first Wednesday of August about 50,000 people gather at Quidi Vidi Lake on the edge of the city of St. John’s to watch one of the most unusual rowing events known. Teams of six compete in 16-metre, fixed-seat racing shells. And, rather than just speeding along in a straight line, the 2.6 kilometre course has sleek very long boats rounding moorings. The unusual boats are built to the same specifications that have been used for more than a hundred years. This means that rowers not only compete with the other teams, but also with the times of their fathers and grandfathers. The Royal St. John’s Regatta race has a documented history dating back to 1826, and may actually have started in the 1700’s. Where: Quidi Vidi Lake is on the edge of the city of St. John’s.
Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada