7th Annual International Whaleboat Regatta
September 4th – 8th

7th International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta Poster

Poster with Schedule (pdf format)

Schedule of Events
Wednesday, September 4

 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Portuguese Consul Dr. Pedro Carneiro will host a reception at the New Bedford Whaling Museum welcoming our guests from the Azores.
6:30 pm
Reception will be followed by the world première showing of the just-completed documentary WHALES & WHALERS, produced by the award-winning Azorean film maker, Luis Filipe da Silva Bicudo. Mr. Bicudo will be present and make some opening remarks. The film is free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 5

6:00 pm
Free Public Lecture – “The Sea of the Azores” by Filipe Mora Porteiro, Ph.D., Diretor Regional dos Assuntos do Mar. Learn about the geographical, cultural, and ecological issues being addressed today  in the Azores. View a slideshare presentation of “The Sea of the Azores” by Filipe Mora Porteiro, Ph.D. Regional Director of Marine Affairs, Government of the Azores.

7:00 pm

“Meet the Crews” at the Casa dos Botes: New England Clam Boil and Entertainment. Enjoy great food and music in the cobblestone streets. Open to members. The cost is $20 per ticket for the clam boil. Tickets must be reserved in advance. If you wish to attend without the clam boil there is no charge.


Friday, September 6

10:00 am
Women’s and Men’s Rowing Competition – West Rodney French Blvd. at the Coral St. Boat Ramp.
6:00 pm
Free Public Lecture: “The Azores, a destination where the days are never the same,” by Rui Amen, Director, Azores Promotion Board. New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Saturday, September 7

9:00 am
Women’s & Men’s Sailing Competition
2:00 pm
Dave Blanchette debuts his new book, Xico: A Boy, a Rat, and a Whaleship at Clark’s Cove near the Coral St. Ramp.
6:00 pm
Regatta Party – Food & entertainment at the Low Tide Yacht Club. Open to members, participants, volunteers, and sponsors. Tickets must be reserved in advance – no charge.

Sunday, September 8

9:00 am
DABNEY CUP* – Azorean vs. Yankee Whale Boat Races West Rodney French Blvd. at the Coral St. Ramp.
Staff members race against Mystic Seaport and Azorean teams from Faial, Pico, and New Bedford in the first ever Dabney Cup Race.
5:00 pm

Awards Party with buffet and entertainment at the Whaling Museum. The cost is $15.00 per ticket and must be reserved in advance.

The races are in Clark’s Cove and best viewed from the Coral St. Boat Ramp on West Rodney French Blvd.** Bring a lawn chair and enjoy. The regatta tent will be up near the boat ramp for shade and shelter with restroom facilities nearby.


All these events are free with exception of the clam boil ($20) and Sunday’s Awards Party ($15).
To reserve tickets, contact Adriana Freitas at Luzo Auto Center 508- 997-3941 or email: victor@luzoauto.com.
We ask that you contact us to reserve tickets to the complimentary events as well, so that we can accurately estimate attendance.

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

Regatta 2013


Evening Events in Summary

Wednesday, Sept. 4th, 5:30 pm: Portuguese Consul Reception (FREE) Call to reserve ticket(s).
6:30 pm: Film: “Whales & Whalers” (FREE)
Thursday, Sept. 5th, 6:00 pm: Lecture (FREE)
7:00 pm: “Meet the Crews Party” (FREE) Call to reserve ticket(s). Clam boil ($20). Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Friday, Sept. 6th, 6:00 pm: Lecture (FREE)
Saturday, Sept. 7th, 6:00 pm: Regatta Party. Call to reserve ticket(s).
Sunday, Sept. 8th, 5:00 pm: Awards Party ($15). Tickets must be purchased in advance.

If you are part of the U.S. rowing/sailing teams your tickets are already reserved. All others must call to reserve and /or purchase tickets to the events mentioned above.


whaleboat regatta

The International Whaleboat Regatta is the highlight of the year for the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society (AMHS). Based in New Bedford, the AMHS “promote[s] Azorean culture and Azorean whaling heritage by raising awareness and pride within the Azorean-American community of New England and recognizing the rich maritime heritage commonly shared for more than 150 years between New Bedford and the Azores.” The Regatta, which began in 2004, is the fullest expression of the Society’s mission.

The Regatta alternates between New Bedford and the Azores, and brings together both teams and spectators from throughout New England and the Azores. This year’s festivities include a historic meeting between Azorean and Yankee Beetle whaleboats, being built for Charles W. Morgan’s triumphant return to New Bedford in July, 2014, competing in both sailing and rowing. Be sure to mark your calendar, and join us for an exciting weekend on the water!


*The DABNEY CUP will feature our three Azorean whale boats racing against three newly constructed Yankee whale boats; one of which belongs to the New Bedford Whaling Museum and two from Mystic Seaport. While the Azorean boat is an evolution of the Yankee boat and both have toiled the seas hunting for whales for over two hundred years…we believe they have never met like this!

**DIRECTIONS to the CORAL ST. BOAT RAMP: From Casa dos Botes, turn LEFT down Union Street (358 ft.). Take SHARP RIGHT (be in right lane) onto JFK Memorial Hwy./Route 18 South. Proceed straight through 4 lights (1 mi.) onto W. Rodney French Blvd. (1.2 mi.) The Coral St. Boat Ramp is on your RIGHT.


Museum programing for the Regatta is sponsored by:

The William M. Wood Foundation

Fundacao Luso-Americana logo

National Park Service


Last modified: January 13, 2017

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