Whitby Regatta … its very name conjures up billowing white sails, crowded quays and spectacular firework displays! 
 
This year’s event - Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th and Monday 21st August - marks 177 years of aquatic-related entertainment. 
 
Possibly the oldest of its kind on the northeast coast, Whitby Regatta is always a huge crowd-puller for the town. 
 
Yet ... how did this iconic event even begin? Keep reading! ... 
 
Perhaps its started when fishermen competed against one another's catch in their fishing smacks and cobles … then in 1847, it was recorded that “The Whitby Challenge Cup”, promoted by the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club, was won by the schooner Whiled, with a prize fund of some 50 guineas presented to the owner/captain. 
 
From then on until the 1930s, yacht racing - then in its heyday - became the main focus of the regatta.Perhaps its started when fishermen competed against one another’s catch in their fishing smacks and cobles … then in 1847, it was recorded that “The Whitby Challenge Cup”, promoted by the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club, was won by the schooner 'Whiled', with a prize fund of some 50 guineas presented to the owner/captain. 
 
From then on until the 1930s, yacht racing - then in its heyday - became the main focus of the regatta. 
Today the regatta has a much broader appeal with rowing races, slackline school, musical theatre, fireworks and beach volleyball on the itinerary! 
 
The return of a firm favourite is the Greasy Pole Competition. While the title of the event gives it away, it’s back this year by popular demand, taking place on Saturday 19th August from the Fish Pier. Want to give this a go? You can enter on the day - good luck! 
 
There will also be a Classic Car Rally on Sunday 20th August; fun for the kids throughout the whole four days; a market and craft fair; static RAF displays, Navy displays, raft race and of course the Grand Parade on 21st August, the final day of the event. 
 
And if you prefer two wheels to bobbing about in a boat, then Pro BMX and MTB rider Jez Avery will be on the West Cliff (not far from the Riviera) on Monday 21st August. 
 
 
And if this blog has been posted too late for you to join us this year, then next year’s dates are 11th, 12th and 13th August, giving you plenty of time to think about joining us in 2018! 
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