Plenty of fun at Placentia regatta
The splashing of the oars, the chatter of the spectators and the traditional regatta music that gets played when rowing teams take off and finish races could all be heard along the water’s edge in Southeast Arm, Placentia July 19.
The town’s 51st regatta proved to be a success, with hundreds of people attending to cheer on family and friends of all ages who participated in the event. And this year, the Placentia Rowing Club had a new boathouse.
The doors opened officially on the evening of Oct. 18, but so far it hasn’t been named. The club has decided to reach out to the community for some assistance.
Anyone who wants to submit a name can email firstname.lastname@example.org, and have a chance to win some prizes.
Having a new boathouse was definitely a plus for the organization, but it was also helpful everything ran on time.
Teams from Placentia, Harbour Grace and St. John’s, the big three in provincial rowing, took part in the event, with four female teams and four male teams from St. John’s receiving the best times to participate in the finals.
Although the host town didn’t have any participants in the championship races, many teams stuck around to cheer on their favourites and take in a few games before vendors left the venue.
The following are some highlights from the Placentia Regatta.
The regatta wasn’t just about rowing, it was about the treats and games. Hunter O’Keefe of Placentia really enjoyed his candy apple on the dock, while he waits for a race to begin. His parents, Shannon O’Keefe and Tiffany Griffiths say he will start rowing in the future. Both parents have rowed in the past, and big sister Madison also rows.