Friday, 13 July 2012

Whitby Regatta 2012





The Whitby Regatta 2012 August 18th,19th and 20th, presents to you, three full days of entertainment, embracing yacht racing, rowing races and various free forms of entertainment as published in the official programme, finishing with a prize presentation and spectacular firework display.
 
One hundred and seventy two years of aquatic competition and entertainment. 
The Whitby Regatta is probably the oldest sea Regatta in England and has drawn large crowds into Whitby over the years. 

It started in a very small way with the fishermen competing against each other in their fishing smacks and salmon cobbles. 

Then came the yachts. It was recorded in 1847 "The Whitby Challenge Cup", promoted by the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club, was won by the Schooner "Whiled", and a prize of 50 guineas was presented to the captain or owner. 

Between that date and up to the nineteen thirties, yacht racing formed the greater part of the Regatta.Unfortunately, due to the high cost of building these large yachts of approximately 20 tons, and a changing world, they slowly disappeared from the scene. 

The cost of maintaining such a yacht today must be astronomical. It was about 1872 that competitive rowing came into being. In that year, the Jet Works Amateur Rowing Club was formed, 1874 saw the birth of Scarborough Amateur Rowing Club and in 1879 the Friendship Amateur Rowing Club. Then came the Whitby Amateur Rowing Club in 1912, which later became the present day Whitby Fisherman's Amateur Rowing Club. All three Clubs are still going strong today, forming one of the main attractions of today's Regatta. 
Over the years, rowing clubs from the Tyne to Scarborough have participated in Regattas held on the North East Coast, sadly only two Regattas are still being held, Scarborough and Whitby. 
In 1901 the late Alderman JET Wilson J.P - C.C. of West Hartlepool presented the "Wilson Cup". valued at £25, for competition to Rowing Clubs based between the Tyne and Humber. This is the most coveted trophy rowed for today.  1929 saw the first fancy dress and decorated carts, this was the forerunner of the present day regatta and carnival. It is recorded that in 1900, 11,000 people travelled by special trains from the West Riding, York, Bridlington and Newcastle. Today that figure is estimated at 20,000, most travelling by coach and private car.


Regatta Events
For the full listings and timetable information of all the events taking place for the Regatta please consult the Whitby Regatta Programme, which is available from various local outlets which are listed in the Programmes section of this web site.
Red Arrows
Display Team
Please note due to operational duties all military displays are subject to availability
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Featuring the historic Spitfire & Hurricane
Please note due to operational duties all military displays are subject to availability

Spectacular Fireworks Display Monday 20th
Barrage after barrage of rockets, star bursts, special effect shells, whistling mullet coloured rockets and numerous other different  fireworks, are the theme of this years' firework finale

Whitby Regatta
4K Fun Run Sunday 19th
10am
  From Crescent Gardens and is run predominantly on the sea wall

Under 11 Beach Soccer Festival Saturday 18th
10am - 2pm
£5 Entry Fee Per Team

Vintage, Post war, Classic & Sports Car Rally
Sunday August 19th 10:00am
Many elegant cars will compete in various classes for prestigious trophies.

Fun for Children of All Ages
Saturday 18th Sunday 19th Monday 20th

We have a wide selection of entertainment for children including:
An inflatable Maze/Pirate Ship/Giant Fun Slide,
a Punch and Judy Show,and Jo Jo the Clown 

Rowing Races
Please see the Regatta Programme for dates and race times
Local rowing teams compete for first place in various categories.

RAF Displays

Saturday 18th Sunday 19th Monday 20th
Visit the RAF's static displays including a recruitment display.
Please note due to operational duties all military displays are subject to availability

Navy Displays Saturday 18th Sunday 19th Monday 20th
Visit the Navy`s Submarine trailer and display.
Please note due to operational duties all military displays are subject to availability
 
Army Displays Saturday 18th Sunday 19th Monday 20th
A range of displays to explore
Please note due to operational duties all military displays are subject to availability 

Motor Cycle Gymkhana
Sunday 19th August 10:00am
Skill and fun on two wheels taking place on Whitby's beach.

The Grand Parade Monday 20th
Please see the Regatta Programme for the parade times
A parade of many decorated thumbed floats will make it's way through the heart of the Regatta celebrations.



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