re·gat·ta | \ri-ˈgä-tə, -ˈga-\

Definition of regatta 

: a rowing, speedboat, or sailing race or a series of such races

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Membership allows male residents to take part in one of the many old-established traditions of the regatta, the wearing of their club colors. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "A Fashionable Escape From London Loses Its Buoyancy," 27 June 2018 There are 23 teams set to compete, including some from outside the United States, in the third-oldest international regatta in the nation. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "This two-time Cuban Olympian is now running one of South Florida’s premier rowing events | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 Rowers on the River Thames in advance of the town’s famed regatta. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "A Fashionable Escape From London Loses Its Buoyancy," 27 June 2018 From there, Newport Aquatic Center's next big test came at the Crew Classic in San Diego, the largest sprint regatta in California. Andrew Turner,, "Newport Aquatic Center dominates USRowing Southwest Youth Championship," 30 May 2018 The Pirates broke onto the national scene with a second-place finish at a 1968 national regatta and won a freshman title in 1980, the first of 11 national championships. David Wharton,, "Orange Coast crew takes on sport's royalty at Henley regatta in England," 28 June 2018 On August 19, 1853, the American racing sloop Silvie won second place in a regatta scheduled by the Royal Yacht Squadron that was raced off Cowes, England, according to the SSYC. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In its 80th running, Queen's Cup sailboat race still providing plenty of thrills, challenges," 23 June 2018 Rules for the regatta are that crafts must be made of cardboard and duct tape only, with paint for decoration. Denys Bucksten,, "Cardboard Regatta and 'Ninja' course make for a day of fun in Mundelein," 18 June 2018 Sailing Week comes at the end of a season which began with Antigua Charter Yacht Show in December, a superyacht regatta in January, the Caribbean 600 race in February and a classic yacht event earlier in April. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Antigua Sailing Week: Serious sailing, serious fun," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of regatta

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for regatta

Italian regata

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English Language Learners Definition of regatta

: a race or a series of races between boats (such as sailboats)


re·gat·ta | \ri-ˈgä-tə, -ˈga-\

Kids Definition of regatta

: a race or a series of races between sailboats, speedboats, or rowing boats

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