A DAY AT THE RACES:

Mysteries of the Royal St. John’s Regatta

By Jack Fitzgerald

The Royal St. John’s Regatta is more than a social or sporting event. For over 200 years, the Regatta has become a Newfoundland tradition and a Newfoundland institution. It begins in mid-April when rowers go on the pond for practice and ends on the day of the Regatta when nothing but the scattered remains of ticket stubs and popcorn linger to show proof of the eventful day. Like Christmas, friends and families plan holidays to coincide with the occasion.

The longevity and success of the Regatta is rooted in the fact that it is a family tradition passed down from generations and is a place where the history and culture of Newfoundland thrives. People love recalling it’s long past and are fascinated by the traditions and accounts that have amassed over almost 200 years of competitive rowing and festival celebrations. This book retells some of these stories in an attempt to preserve this magnificent piece of Newfoundland and Labrador History.

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