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Questions remain about when the Royal St. John's Regatta had its start

This year's Royal St. John's Regatta will mark the 157th Regatta held here since 1818, when a rowing match was held in St. John's Harbour.

If the Regatta had been held every year since 1818, this would be the 191st running of the Royal St. John's Regatta. However, there were 34 years in which no regattas were held.

Photo taken at the 1941 St. John's Regatta from the north bank, on The Boulevard side of Quidi Vidi Lake. -Submitted photo

This year's Royal St. John's Regatta will mark the 157th Regatta held here since 1818, when a rowing match was held in St. John's Harbour.

If the Regatta had been held every year since 1818, this would be the 191st running of the Royal St. John's Regatta. However, there were 34 years in which no regattas were held.

In fact, Regatta did not become a stable event until 1871 when it was revised after having been cancelled from 1861 to 1871. Since then, it was only interrupted in the following years: 1892, due to the Great Fire which destroyed a large swath of St. John's; 1915-18 during the First World War; and 1940-41 during the Second World War.

It resumed in 1942 to help boost public spirit during the war.

The Regatta was founded by a group of St. John's citizens calling themselves the Amateurs of Rowing. It was first mentioned in the Mercantile Journal in 1826. Newspapers between 1826 and 1828 suggest that the Regatta was being held at Quidi Vidi earlier than 1826, but no specific date was mentioned.

In 2002, the Royal St. John's Regatta Committee - with much fanfare - announced that the St. John's Regatta was first held in 1818 in St. John's Harbour. This, it claimed, added eight years to the age of the Regatta. Justification for the announcement was based on an item in the St. John's Mercantile Journal of September 1818 confirming that a rowing competition was held in the harbour on Sept. 22 of that year.

It should be noted there is no evidence to support the claim that the 1818 rowing match was connected in any way with the Regatta at Quidi Vidi Lake.

The late Frank Graham, author and Regatta historian, referred to the 1818 Mercantile Journal item touted by the Regatta Committee as new evidence in 2005, in his book "Ready ... Set ... Go," published in 1988.

"It is doubtful - claimants to the contrary notwithstanding - that the contest could be considered as the start of the annual St. John's Regatta," he wrote.

The actual starting date of the St. John's Regatta may never be known, but the 1826 newspaper account of that year's regatta, the earliest record of a Quidi Vidi regatta, described it as an annual event.

Regardless of what researchers have said about the inaccuracy of the 1818 start date, the Regatta Committee has embraced it, giving credence to one more Regatta myth.

Organizations: Mercantile Journal, Regatta Committee

Geographic location: St. John's, Quidi Vidi Lake

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  • K
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    The thought of changing something that is a tradition upsets me greatly, to much of Canada's traditons have changed to accomodate peoples needs, religions and companies. Let us just enjoy The Regatta' for what it is, a day of fun and games.

  • B Rowe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    I believe it is time to re-invent the regatta. This event seems to be losing its interest according to a news story last night. The number of participating rowers is dropping and the new record is practically un-beatable which takes the incentive away from future rowers who it seems do not have the amount of time in their busy lives to practice at the intensity of previous rowers/teams.

    I am in total agreement with those who believe this event should occur during the first weekend (including Friday) of august. This would allow the teams an opportunity to complete the event over a three day period should pond conditions be unfavourable on one particular day. It would give concessionaires/vendors two additional days to run their operations. Other events could occur during this time to draw folks to the lakeside such as musicians and other such performers.

    Additionally, it is difficult for businesses when it is not known if the day will be a holiday or not. They still have to gear up in anticipation of opening their doors which can be a nuisance.

    Come on, lets enhance the regatta by making a few changes which will bring it up to date with the times.

  • Robert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    It's only the townies that have to be held hostage by the tentative mid-week holiday. I think that there's a movement on to hold Christmas on the third Monday in December but only if it's snowing :)

    Enjoy the rain.

  • Reg
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Look when the event happens in the middle of the week,i don't care how long it has been going on,you got to depend on the weather the night before you flip a coin and wonder should you get ready for work or head out with friends.
    It's a stupid day to have it ,it should be near a weekend so you get the most out of it.the people running this should look around the province and look at the right way events like this should take place.

  • Ed
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    To be honest, once you go outside the overpass the Regatta is just not that big a deal.
    I ve been to a few while living in St. John's its simply an overglorified Garden Party.
    Ask people around the sides of the lake who won, or what race is on the go and you receive blank looks. Unless someone knows someone rowing, (and I have known people and still didnt' really care), or is rowing themselves it is very difficult to find out someone who cares about the outcome of the races. The activities and events surrounding the Regatta would go off just as well if you didn't have a few people out rowing back and forth the pond. Parents take their children down to win a stuffed animal, kids get to play a few games, and some get to partake in overpriced refreshments. Its a great day for all involved but please don't make the mistake of thinking it is that big of a deal outside the metro St. John's region, the rest of the province for the most part just don't care.
    It's like being on the mainland and someone asks where you are from those from St. John's say Newfoundland, those outisde of St. John's say their hometown and province because they have pride in it and realize that NL isn't just St. John's....

    Thank You

  • hopper
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    shut up jeff or you'll get no dinner on sunday.

  • Shane
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    I wish all holidays were weather dependant! sure makes the day off more enjoyable. Stop complaining and get back to work on this windy, rainy wednesday!

  • Carl
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Lowercase fred , you're a dying breed. Soon you'll be racing against your previous year's time (or going a best 4 of 7 against a couple of other crews and going no where else from there).

    Your comments read like we would not get a Civic Holiday unless it's on a Wednesday in August!

    These suggestions are trying to salvage one of the Legends of the City of Legends. You're going to make a dinosaur out of the Regatta unless you give new blood the prize of advancing to another level of competition if their hard work in training results in a victory.

    If you're in it just for the fun, or to see spectators spend $$$ on a spin designed to lose but to subsidize your fun, think again.

  • Trudy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    I don't know what is wrong with you people. The Royal St. John's Regatta is a tradition. It has always been on a Wednesday. Who cares if it has to be postponed or if you have to wonder if it is going ahead? It is a day off from work to have fun with and spend time with your family and friends. Can't you just relax and enjoy it? And to Ken, I consider myself and my friends and family to be civilized like the rest of the world. If you don't like to relax and have fun, stay home.

  • Townie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    O The Baymen Guy do you know what SHUT YOUR BIG MOUTH SOOK AND DON T BE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING YOU DON T KNOW ABOUT HERE'S TO THE REGATTA CHEERS.

  • fred
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    ok,i have to say something about changing the regatta day to a weekend. as someone who had rowed for 10 years i have found that the only people who want it changed are people who are from outside of the city and want it changed for the sole reason to get a day off and wouldn't spend a penny at the regatta if their life depended on it,so for those who are complaining ,enjoy the day around the bay and think of the money you saved by not coming into the city to work and gas money and buying things at quidi vidi,again,its a day off for gods sake enjoy it and do what you want to do,its better then no day off ,isn't it

  • Ted
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Sean Simmonds,
    What the does slide-seat rowing or out of province rowers have to do with anything? Your comment makes absolutely no sense.

    Likening the Regatta to other major holidays such as Xmas, New Year's, and Remembrance Day is a joke, and shows the weakness of your argument. Why should the city residents take a couple of days annual leave to make a long weekend? Most people in the city could care less when you hold the Regatta. Just don't let it dictate when the rest of us have to adhere to a holiday. You talk about it like it's Remembrance Day. If you and the small clique think the Regatta is worth its salt as a tradition, then moving it to a Friday shouldnt be too disastrous. Im guessing it would help, rather than hinder it.

    P.S. It was not always held on Wednesdays. That is a myth.

  • K
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    I am laughing at how upset people became when there was a correlation made between the Regatta and religious holidays such as Remembrances Day and Christmas. Just a reminder to people, how many of you worked Remembrances Day so you could take the holiday at a different time? How many actually attended the Remembrances Day parade? Lets not forget about how the Christmas tree in Toronto was called a holiday tree, so we would not offend people. Important traditions in our country are dying, it may be a slow death but they are slowly dying. Until we forget about being so liberal with our attitudes and trying to accommodate everyones needs and forgetting about what grounds us as Newfoundlanders and Canadians, it will only be a matter of time before Canada day becomes a past event, since so many of us are not from Canada to began with.
    Can we just enjoy the day for what it is, its not about another long weekend in the summer but a day to enjoy the games and races or a day to spend around the bay enjoying nothing but being home and living in Newfoundland and watching the races on NTV

  • don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    I can understand townies getting up in arms but when you see baymen complaining who don't even get the holiday what's up with that that. I guess they feel left out again. Get over it and dream up a holiday for yourselves. Keep the regatta on the 1st wed. of August and let tradition live on......

  • bayman
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    It would definitly require a townie, to dream up a mid week holiday, subject to wind conditions. I agree with Ken turn it into a weekend festival.

  • Carl
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    1. Guys & gals, if you can't get your act together on 1941, what hope is there for you on any agreement about the early 1800's?

    2. Aren't the days gone of justifying having a Race mid-week so spectators will not head out of the city for a long weekend clear of the fog? Isn't that attitude just going to alienate your clientelle except for captive tourists that fly here and can't get a rent-a-car?

    3 I'm all for tradition but not at the expense of knocking your head against a stone wall. How about getting with the times and racing 2, 4, & 8 sliding-seat shells so there is a competition out-of-province to which victors can look forward to for advancing their competitive skills? You might even get athletes from nearby towns and cities (other than Torbay) to participate!

  • piker
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    I am in complete disbelief over the anger this has seemed to cause in some people! It is a holiday nonetheless and people should just accept it and enjoy the time with their families whether it be at the Lake, home, or wherever! My goodness!! Like JR said, why don't we reschedule Christmas and New Year's too and why not birthdays while we're at it so it can be more accommodating to everyone's hectic lives! Everyone is in such a hurry nowadays and everything is instant this and that... everyone needs to relax... even if it's on a Wednesday, in the middle of the week!

  • Andy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    The Regatta going ahead a gamble i'm willing to take.
    The last night of George Sreet Festival is just asking for me to assume there will be a holiday tomorrow. Crossing my fingers.

  • Ted
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    JR...
    Comparing moving Regatta Day, to moving Xmas day is beyond stupid. Ill let you ponder the reasons why.

    Apparently, the rationale for the Wednesday tradition had to do with practicality. During most of the early to mid 1900's, Water Street businesses closed on Wednesday afternoons. Therefore, at that time, it made sense to hold the Regatta on Wednesday afternoons when people were off. However, it no longer makes sense these days and is no longer practical.

  • Ken
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I've got a great idea have our civic holiday during the first weekend in august like the rest of the civilized world you will have 3 days to run your regatta sat, sun and mon if the weather is bad oh well at least the rest of us (majority) can have another long weekend during the summer to enjoy instead having to get up and see if it's windy on the stupid pond on wednesday.

  • Sean
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Ted... speaking of getting with the times... there is slide seat rowing in NL but the Regatta is not the first Wednesday in August and they do compete out of province but attracting outside competition is near impossible due to the cost of trailering boats.

    Tradition - The first Wednesday in August has always been the Regatta and since it's a rowing event it has to be weather dependent. The fact that we have the longest running sporting event in North America is special and hence the holiday; the Regatta should stay on Wednesday and hopefully will. For everyone who is annoyed with the ability to plan... here's an idea... take Wed-Fri off and use two days of leave... if you dont see the point of maintaining tradition or dont respect the efforts the small clique make to ensure that the tradition is preserved stay in the beer tents and lobby for moving all holidays to the nearest Monday / Friday so everything is a long weekend

  • jeffaylward@hotmail.com
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    You're all a bunch of winers. Well said Sean Simmonds. I just say if they don't like it, stay home. Find something else to cry about!!

  • sm
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    I love the regatta. Not that I ever go, hate the crowds, stupid games, bad food. But I have watched it from the graveyard and always follow the races. Once I even had a booth (bad plan!).
    One of the reasons I was a happy townie for years and come back with joy is because of our old, quirky traditions and culture. Another reason is the friendly, fun loving population who will flock to the races on Regatta Day and have a great time even if the weather is iffy. *hums Up The Pond *

  • Joseph
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    You're story said no Regatta 1940-1941 and it resumed in 1942...however the photo is dated as 1941?

  • JR.
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    I see no problem with the current manner of scheduling the Regatta - That being the first Wednesday of August. As a retail worker, I seldom see a full weekend off (especially a holiday weekend); keeping up the tradition of Wednesday plays better for me.... This event will see me with two consecuative days off should it go ahead tomorrow. Gives me some opertunities with the family.

    Those of you with you who have 52 weekends off a year already take to many things for granted. Next you'll expect Christmas to be scheduled around a weekend.

  • jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    You're all a bunch of winers!!! If you don't like the regatta or the way it's organized, stay home. I'm sure the city is going to change a 157 year old tradition for the stupid reasons listed above. Find something else to complain about!!

  • Ted
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    I totally agree with Reg's and Ken's comments... It's about time this ridiculous Regatta Committee came into the 21st century and scheduled this event on a Friday. That, way, they will have Saturday and Sunday to fall back on if Friday is scratched. I can't believe this little clique can dictate a civic holiday for an entire city. A capital city! Most citizens are fed up with this moveable holiday, and if the Regatta Committee had any sense, they would realize that they are only alienating their potential audience by holding it on a Wednesday.

    Its astonishing that not a single city councilor that hasn't lobbied for this change. Who do these Regatta Committee people think they are? This is the type of arrogance one would have expected from the old merchant class of St. John's in the early 1900's, not in 2008! Wake up and smell the coffee!

  • Jay
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Who cares about tradition? A mid-week event dependant on the weather is a bunch of b.s. Move the holiday itself to the 1st Monday of August like everyone else so we can plan around it. Hold the regatta itself in January for all I care, just don't give me a holiday that relies it going ahead.

  • Ken
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Trudy thats the whole reason behind my comment I want to stay home and relax but do it for 3 days (LONG WEEKEND) instead of depending on wednesdays or maybe thursdays (1 DAY) weather forecast. Accorriding to the comments I think most people agree

  • K
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    The thought of changing something that is a tradition upsets me greatly, to much of Canada's traditons have changed to accomodate peoples needs, religions and companies. Let us just enjoy The Regatta' for what it is, a day of fun and games.

  • B Rowe
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    I believe it is time to re-invent the regatta. This event seems to be losing its interest according to a news story last night. The number of participating rowers is dropping and the new record is practically un-beatable which takes the incentive away from future rowers who it seems do not have the amount of time in their busy lives to practice at the intensity of previous rowers/teams.

    I am in total agreement with those who believe this event should occur during the first weekend (including Friday) of august. This would allow the teams an opportunity to complete the event over a three day period should pond conditions be unfavourable on one particular day. It would give concessionaires/vendors two additional days to run their operations. Other events could occur during this time to draw folks to the lakeside such as musicians and other such performers.

    Additionally, it is difficult for businesses when it is not known if the day will be a holiday or not. They still have to gear up in anticipation of opening their doors which can be a nuisance.

    Come on, lets enhance the regatta by making a few changes which will bring it up to date with the times.

  • Robert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    It's only the townies that have to be held hostage by the tentative mid-week holiday. I think that there's a movement on to hold Christmas on the third Monday in December but only if it's snowing :)

    Enjoy the rain.

  • Reg
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Look when the event happens in the middle of the week,i don't care how long it has been going on,you got to depend on the weather the night before you flip a coin and wonder should you get ready for work or head out with friends.
    It's a stupid day to have it ,it should be near a weekend so you get the most out of it.the people running this should look around the province and look at the right way events like this should take place.

  • Ed
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    To be honest, once you go outside the overpass the Regatta is just not that big a deal.
    I ve been to a few while living in St. John's its simply an overglorified Garden Party.
    Ask people around the sides of the lake who won, or what race is on the go and you receive blank looks. Unless someone knows someone rowing, (and I have known people and still didnt' really care), or is rowing themselves it is very difficult to find out someone who cares about the outcome of the races. The activities and events surrounding the Regatta would go off just as well if you didn't have a few people out rowing back and forth the pond. Parents take their children down to win a stuffed animal, kids get to play a few games, and some get to partake in overpriced refreshments. Its a great day for all involved but please don't make the mistake of thinking it is that big of a deal outside the metro St. John's region, the rest of the province for the most part just don't care.
    It's like being on the mainland and someone asks where you are from those from St. John's say Newfoundland, those outisde of St. John's say their hometown and province because they have pride in it and realize that NL isn't just St. John's....

    Thank You

  • hopper
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    shut up jeff or you'll get no dinner on sunday.

  • Shane
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    I wish all holidays were weather dependant! sure makes the day off more enjoyable. Stop complaining and get back to work on this windy, rainy wednesday!

  • Carl
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Lowercase fred , you're a dying breed. Soon you'll be racing against your previous year's time (or going a best 4 of 7 against a couple of other crews and going no where else from there).

    Your comments read like we would not get a Civic Holiday unless it's on a Wednesday in August!

    These suggestions are trying to salvage one of the Legends of the City of Legends. You're going to make a dinosaur out of the Regatta unless you give new blood the prize of advancing to another level of competition if their hard work in training results in a victory.

    If you're in it just for the fun, or to see spectators spend $$$ on a spin designed to lose but to subsidize your fun, think again.

  • Trudy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    I don't know what is wrong with you people. The Royal St. John's Regatta is a tradition. It has always been on a Wednesday. Who cares if it has to be postponed or if you have to wonder if it is going ahead? It is a day off from work to have fun with and spend time with your family and friends. Can't you just relax and enjoy it? And to Ken, I consider myself and my friends and family to be civilized like the rest of the world. If you don't like to relax and have fun, stay home.

  • Townie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    O The Baymen Guy do you know what SHUT YOUR BIG MOUTH SOOK AND DON T BE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING YOU DON T KNOW ABOUT HERE'S TO THE REGATTA CHEERS.

  • fred
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    ok,i have to say something about changing the regatta day to a weekend. as someone who had rowed for 10 years i have found that the only people who want it changed are people who are from outside of the city and want it changed for the sole reason to get a day off and wouldn't spend a penny at the regatta if their life depended on it,so for those who are complaining ,enjoy the day around the bay and think of the money you saved by not coming into the city to work and gas money and buying things at quidi vidi,again,its a day off for gods sake enjoy it and do what you want to do,its better then no day off ,isn't it

  • Ted
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Sean Simmonds,
    What the does slide-seat rowing or out of province rowers have to do with anything? Your comment makes absolutely no sense.

    Likening the Regatta to other major holidays such as Xmas, New Year's, and Remembrance Day is a joke, and shows the weakness of your argument. Why should the city residents take a couple of days annual leave to make a long weekend? Most people in the city could care less when you hold the Regatta. Just don't let it dictate when the rest of us have to adhere to a holiday. You talk about it like it's Remembrance Day. If you and the small clique think the Regatta is worth its salt as a tradition, then moving it to a Friday shouldnt be too disastrous. Im guessing it would help, rather than hinder it.

    P.S. It was not always held on Wednesdays. That is a myth.

  • K
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    I am laughing at how upset people became when there was a correlation made between the Regatta and religious holidays such as Remembrances Day and Christmas. Just a reminder to people, how many of you worked Remembrances Day so you could take the holiday at a different time? How many actually attended the Remembrances Day parade? Lets not forget about how the Christmas tree in Toronto was called a holiday tree, so we would not offend people. Important traditions in our country are dying, it may be a slow death but they are slowly dying. Until we forget about being so liberal with our attitudes and trying to accommodate everyones needs and forgetting about what grounds us as Newfoundlanders and Canadians, it will only be a matter of time before Canada day becomes a past event, since so many of us are not from Canada to began with.
    Can we just enjoy the day for what it is, its not about another long weekend in the summer but a day to enjoy the games and races or a day to spend around the bay enjoying nothing but being home and living in Newfoundland and watching the races on NTV

  • don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    I can understand townies getting up in arms but when you see baymen complaining who don't even get the holiday what's up with that that. I guess they feel left out again. Get over it and dream up a holiday for yourselves. Keep the regatta on the 1st wed. of August and let tradition live on......

  • bayman
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    It would definitly require a townie, to dream up a mid week holiday, subject to wind conditions. I agree with Ken turn it into a weekend festival.

  • Carl
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    1. Guys & gals, if you can't get your act together on 1941, what hope is there for you on any agreement about the early 1800's?

    2. Aren't the days gone of justifying having a Race mid-week so spectators will not head out of the city for a long weekend clear of the fog? Isn't that attitude just going to alienate your clientelle except for captive tourists that fly here and can't get a rent-a-car?

    3 I'm all for tradition but not at the expense of knocking your head against a stone wall. How about getting with the times and racing 2, 4, & 8 sliding-seat shells so there is a competition out-of-province to which victors can look forward to for advancing their competitive skills? You might even get athletes from nearby towns and cities (other than Torbay) to participate!

  • piker
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    I am in complete disbelief over the anger this has seemed to cause in some people! It is a holiday nonetheless and people should just accept it and enjoy the time with their families whether it be at the Lake, home, or wherever! My goodness!! Like JR said, why don't we reschedule Christmas and New Year's too and why not birthdays while we're at it so it can be more accommodating to everyone's hectic lives! Everyone is in such a hurry nowadays and everything is instant this and that... everyone needs to relax... even if it's on a Wednesday, in the middle of the week!

  • Andy
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    The Regatta going ahead a gamble i'm willing to take.
    The last night of George Sreet Festival is just asking for me to assume there will be a holiday tomorrow. Crossing my fingers.

  • Ted
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    JR...
    Comparing moving Regatta Day, to moving Xmas day is beyond stupid. Ill let you ponder the reasons why.

    Apparently, the rationale for the Wednesday tradition had to do with practicality. During most of the early to mid 1900's, Water Street businesses closed on Wednesday afternoons. Therefore, at that time, it made sense to hold the Regatta on Wednesday afternoons when people were off. However, it no longer makes sense these days and is no longer practical.

  • Ken
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    I've got a great idea have our civic holiday during the first weekend in august like the rest of the civilized world you will have 3 days to run your regatta sat, sun and mon if the weather is bad oh well at least the rest of us (majority) can have another long weekend during the summer to enjoy instead having to get up and see if it's windy on the stupid pond on wednesday.

  • Sean
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Ted... speaking of getting with the times... there is slide seat rowing in NL but the Regatta is not the first Wednesday in August and they do compete out of province but attracting outside competition is near impossible due to the cost of trailering boats.

    Tradition - The first Wednesday in August has always been the Regatta and since it's a rowing event it has to be weather dependent. The fact that we have the longest running sporting event in North America is special and hence the holiday; the Regatta should stay on Wednesday and hopefully will. For everyone who is annoyed with the ability to plan... here's an idea... take Wed-Fri off and use two days of leave... if you dont see the point of maintaining tradition or dont respect the efforts the small clique make to ensure that the tradition is preserved stay in the beer tents and lobby for moving all holidays to the nearest Monday / Friday so everything is a long weekend

  • jeffaylward@hotmail.com
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    You're all a bunch of winers. Well said Sean Simmonds. I just say if they don't like it, stay home. Find something else to cry about!!

  • sm
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    I love the regatta. Not that I ever go, hate the crowds, stupid games, bad food. But I have watched it from the graveyard and always follow the races. Once I even had a booth (bad plan!).
    One of the reasons I was a happy townie for years and come back with joy is because of our old, quirky traditions and culture. Another reason is the friendly, fun loving population who will flock to the races on Regatta Day and have a great time even if the weather is iffy. *hums Up The Pond *

  • Joseph
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    You're story said no Regatta 1940-1941 and it resumed in 1942...however the photo is dated as 1941?

  • JR.
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    I see no problem with the current manner of scheduling the Regatta - That being the first Wednesday of August. As a retail worker, I seldom see a full weekend off (especially a holiday weekend); keeping up the tradition of Wednesday plays better for me.... This event will see me with two consecuative days off should it go ahead tomorrow. Gives me some opertunities with the family.

    Those of you with you who have 52 weekends off a year already take to many things for granted. Next you'll expect Christmas to be scheduled around a weekend.

  • jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    You're all a bunch of winers!!! If you don't like the regatta or the way it's organized, stay home. I'm sure the city is going to change a 157 year old tradition for the stupid reasons listed above. Find something else to complain about!!

  • Ted
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    I totally agree with Reg's and Ken's comments... It's about time this ridiculous Regatta Committee came into the 21st century and scheduled this event on a Friday. That, way, they will have Saturday and Sunday to fall back on if Friday is scratched. I can't believe this little clique can dictate a civic holiday for an entire city. A capital city! Most citizens are fed up with this moveable holiday, and if the Regatta Committee had any sense, they would realize that they are only alienating their potential audience by holding it on a Wednesday.

    Its astonishing that not a single city councilor that hasn't lobbied for this change. Who do these Regatta Committee people think they are? This is the type of arrogance one would have expected from the old merchant class of St. John's in the early 1900's, not in 2008! Wake up and smell the coffee!

  • Jay
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    Who cares about tradition? A mid-week event dependant on the weather is a bunch of b.s. Move the holiday itself to the 1st Monday of August like everyone else so we can plan around it. Hold the regatta itself in January for all I care, just don't give me a holiday that relies it going ahead.

  • Ken
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Trudy thats the whole reason behind my comment I want to stay home and relax but do it for 3 days (LONG WEEKEND) instead of depending on wednesdays or maybe thursdays (1 DAY) weather forecast. Accorriding to the comments I think most people agree