Annual Regatta

The Annual Regatta is the highlight of the year for the Waterford Boat Club. For many years, this attracted large crowds of spectators to the Quays. Waterford Boat Club held its first regatta on the river Suir on the 3rd August 1879, and recorded its first success by winning the Waterford Challenge Cup.

In July 1999, the regatta was moved to a new venue on Belle Lake, which is situated between Waterford City and Dunmore East. It has been held on Belle Lake every year since. The course is 500 metres in length and consists of four buoyed lanes.

The 2003 Waterford Boat Club Regatta was held on the 17th May. The regatta had a 44 race programme. High winds and the change in wind direction forced the abandonment of the regatta after only 16 races. The weather is an ever present factor in rowing and the abandonment of the regatta did not dampen the spirits of the many participants, who had travelled from every part of the country.

Waterford Boat Club has very modern training facilities. They have both men's and women's crews who are hopeful of victories in 2004. They also have dedicated coaches, supported by an excellent management structure. New members are always welcome at the friendly clubhouse in Canada Street.


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