re·​gat·​ta | \ ri-ˈgä-tə How to pronounce regatta (audio) , -ˈga-\

Definition of regatta

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

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The program made periodic trips to the Henley regatta and, in 1985, was invited to compete in China. David Wharton,, "Orange Coast crew takes on sport's royalty at Henley regatta in England," 28 June 2018 Bella Mente, skippered by Hap Fauth, sails to an overall IRC 1 class victory at the Quantum Key West sailing regatta in Key West, Fla., in 2015. Aaron Kuriloff, WSJ, "New York Yacht Club Has Sights Set on the America’s Cup," 15 Aug. 2018 The three-day festival includes pumpkin pie cooking and eating contests, the Pumpkin Fest Parade and a giant pumpkin regatta, featuring pumpkin flotillas on Lake Michigan. Traci L. Suppa, Woman's Day, "9 Illuminating Jack-o'-Lantern Festivals to Visit This October," 29 Sep. 2016 James Hanna, a Philadelphia businessman who is president of the nonprofit organization that runs the regatta, rowed in the Dad Vail for Georgetown in the 1960s. Roger Morris, Town & Country, "Big Daddy: America's Biggest College Rowing Event," 8 May 2014 The team will also race in that regatta in September. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "Sail like a girl: How an all-female team made history and won the 750-mile Race to Alaska," 14 July 2018 The watch also comes with two straps cut from an actual boat sail, inspired by sailing regattas. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Time and Place: Hublot in Brooklyn," 26 Sep. 2018 The name is an amalgam of the yachts America and Magic, which won the first two editions of the regatta in 1851 and 1870. Aaron Kuriloff, WSJ, "New York Yacht Club Has Sights Set on the America’s Cup," 15 Aug. 2018 Prized by sailors since their debut in the late 1970s, the hats are embroidered specifically for each of the 140 Mount Gay–sponsored regattas worldwide. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Why Everyone Wants One Of These Hats," 27 Aug. 2014

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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 How to pronounce regatta (audio) , -ˈga-\

Kids Definition of regatta

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

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