9th International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta

September 6–10, 2017

First held in 2004 in New Bedford, the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society’s International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta is a major regional event and attraction. It alternates every other year between New Bedford and the Azores and attracts spectators and wooden boat enthusiasts, civic leaders, and dignitaries from the U.S., Azores, and mainland Portugal.

The Regatta week is packed with whaleboat rowing and sailing races, as well as cultural presentations, lectures, and dinners. This year’s Regatta week celebrated the Society’s 20th Anniversary and the 20th birthday of the first Azorean whaleboat launched in America – the Bela Vista.
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Schedule of Events

Wednesday, September 6

6 pm  Azorean Whalers: A Photographic Retrospective
by Louis Mazzantenta and Gemina Garland-Lewis
Reception and Exhibition Opening at the Whaling Museum
Free and open to the public

Thursday, September 7

6 pm Reception | 7 pm Lecture   The Story of the Bela Vista and the Resurgence of the Azorean Whaleboat
Lecture by international boat builder Lance Lee at the Whaling Museum
Free and open to the public

Friday, September 8

8 am    Beach Yoga at Coral Street boat ramp, West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford
9 am    Women and Men’s Rowing Competition
6 pm    Celebration dinner at Irmandade do Pico – 2056 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford. Tickets: $20 per person

Saturday, September 9

9 am   Women and Men’s Sailing Competition*
6 pm   Folkloric Dancers & Evening Reception – Madeiran Feast Grounds – 50 Madeira Ave., New Bedford. Tickets: $25 per person 

Sunday, September 10

The Dabney Cup– Azorean vs. Yankee Whaleboat Races*
8:15 am   Skippers’ meeting – Community Boating Center
9 am         Race Start
5 pm         Awards Ceremony & Closing Banquet  at the Whaling Museum. Tickets: $25 per person

*All races are in Clark’s Cove, New Bedford.  Best viewing opportunities are available from the Coral Street Boat Ramp along West Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford.

*Days of rowing and sailing competition may change depending upon the weather.


For schedule updates and additional information, visit www.azoreanmaritime.org.


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The Museum has been an unwavering partner of Azorean Maritime Heritage Society (AMHS) since the Society’s founding in 1997. AMHS’ mission is to promote Azorean culture and whaling heritage by raising awareness and pride within New England’s Azorean-American community and recognizing the rich maritime heritage commonly shared for more than 150 years between New Bedford and the Azores. With this vision the Bela Vista, the first Azorean whaleboat ever to be constructed post-whaling era, was brought to the U.S. and launched in New Bedford through this partnership.  An active extension of the Museum, the Bela Vista has been maintained and used for recreational rowing and sailing by AMHS since her launching on September 7, 1997. AMHS also serves a role on the Museum’s Portuguese Advisory Council, guiding the Museum’s events and exhibitions pertaining to Portuguese maritime culture, including the Azorean Whalemen Gallery.


Below is a slideshow of the 2013 Regatta also viewable on Flickr.com