First held in 2004 in New Bedford, the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society’s International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta is a major regional event and attraction. It alternates every other year between New Bedford and the Azores and attracts spectators and wooden boat enthusiasts, civic leaders, and dignitaries from the U.S., Azores, and mainland Portugal.
The Regatta week is packed with whaleboat rowing and sailing races, as well as cultural presentations, lectures, and dinners. This year’s Regatta week will celebrate the Society’s 20th Anniversary and the 20th birthday of the first Azorean whaleboat launched in America – the Bela Vista.
Rowing competitions on Fri., Sat., & Sun., 9/8, 9, 10, in the morning; entertainment in the evenin. Awards ceremony and closing banquet on Sunday at 5 p.m.
All races are in Clark’s Cove, New Bedford. Best viewing opportunities are available from the Coral Street Boat Ramp along West Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford.
Visit https://www.whalingmuseum. org/programs/9th-international-azorean-whaleboat-regatta-2017/ or www.azoreanmaritime.org.
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