Whitby Regatta 2014 – Fun @ Whitby

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Whitby Regatta 2014 Dates, Events, Programme, Times, Photographs & History – The Whitby Regatta 2014

Saturday 9th August 2014Sunday 10th August 2014Monday 11th August 2014 – Whats On At Whitby Regatta

Whitby Regatta - 3 Full Days Of Fun At Whitby

Whitby Regatta – 3 Full Days Of Fun At Whitby

Whats On At Whitby Regatta

The History Of Whitby Regatta

The Whitby Regatta is probably the oldest sea Regatta in England and has drawn large crowds into Whitby over the years.

It started in a very small way with the fishermen competing against each other in their fishing smacks and salmon cobbles. Then came the yachts.

It was recorded in 1847 “The Whitby Challenge Cup”, promoted by the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club, was won by the Schooner “Whiled”, and a prize of 50 guineas was presented to the captain or owner.

Between that date and up to the nineteen thirties, yacht racing formed the greater part of the Regatta.

Unfortunately, due to the high cost of building these large yachts of approximately 20 tons, and a changing world, they slowly disappeared from the scene. The cost of maintaining such a yacht today must be astronomical.

It was about 1872 that competitive rowing came into being. In that year, the Jet Works Amateur Rowing Club was formed, 1874 saw the birth of Scarborough Amateur Rowing Club and in 1879 the Friendship Amateur Rowing Club.

Then came the Whitby Amateur Rowing Club in 1912, which later became the present day Whitby Fisherman’s Amateur Rowing Club.

All three Clubs are still going strong today, forming one of the main attractions of today’s Regatta.

Over the years, rowing clubs from the Tyne to Scarborough have participated in Regattas held on the North East Coast, sadly only two Regattas are still being held, Scarborough and Whitby.

In 1901 the late Alderman JET Wilson J.P – C.C. of West Hartlepool presented the “Wilson Cup”. valued at £25, for competition to Rowing Clubs based between the Tyne and Humber.

This is the most coveted trophy rowed for today. 1929 saw the first fancy dress and decorated carts, this was the forerunner of the present day regatta and carnival.

It is recorded that in 1900, 11,000 people travelled by special trains from the West Riding, York, Bridlington and Newcastle. Today that figure is estimated at 20,000, most travelling by coach and private car.

You Can Read Lots More On The Regatta Over At The Official Website.

Whitby Regatta Dates For The Coming Years

  • 15th, 16th & 17th August 2015
  • 20th, 21st & 22nd August 2016
  • 19th, 20th & 21st August 2017
  • 11th, 12th & 13th August 2018
  • 10th, 11th & 12th August 2019
  • 15th, 16th & 17th August 2020


Whitby Regatta Gallery

Here is our gallery of pictures from recent regattas. Over the next few days we aim to add a lot more pictures so please add this page to your favorites and be sure to call back for some amazing regatta shots by Glenn Kilpatrick And Tom Brodrick. You may click on the images to view full sized photographs. Please note, these images are copyright to Real Whitby And The Reading Rooms Gallery.

View All Our Whitby Photo Galleries Here

28 Responses to "Whitby Regatta 2014 – Fun @ Whitby"

  1. peter anderson  August 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    thank you glenn and tom for the fantastic photos they make me feel very home sick.

  2. ken graham  August 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Whitby Regatta is still by far Whitbys premier event! It was an exceptional, trouble free Regatta with a good family atmosphere.

  3. admin  August 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    It is a top event. I was starting to think that the autumn Goth Weekend was beginning to rival the regatta in terms of popularity. However I think they have screwed it up this year by splitting the event which in itself is confusing with people not knowing which one to attend. Also they have moved away from Halloween which is was an essential ingredient to the past success of the event.

  4. Barry Cox  March 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Does it clash with any other event this year?

  5. Dave Heselton  June 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    The Regatta clashes once again with the folk festival, and I, along with virtualy every other person who does B&B or has a hotel will give priority to the Folk Festival; Anyone in the same business would do the same, why take a two or three night booking when you can take a 5 or 7 night booking. I am a local person and I had family who rowed in the Regatta in the 1940s, but there is absolutely no excuse what so ever for these events clashing, the tide excuse is nonsense. The Folk Festival never moves, its the same week every year.
    The problem is totaly the fault of the Regatta, they could move but they simply wont.

    • ken graham  August 28, 2012 at 6:23 am

      I would like to point out, that the Regatta is the longest established August event, and has being held for some 170 yrs, the Regatta has never clashed with the Folk week, it is the more recently introduced event, the Folk week that clashes with the Regatta. The Folk week being very restricted with its dates, demanding the last full week in August. So this covers depending on the calender, the dates from as early as the 17th to the 31st August. So if the 17th happened to be a Monday, then that is 3 Mondays in August the 17th, 24th and 31st, the Regatta has to keep clear!! Leaving only the 3rd & the 10th, which is unacceptable.The Regatta is wholly dependent on the big tides, for the rowers, making sure there is plenty of water in the Harbour on the afternoon, and a later date being preferred by the rowing clubs to keep the season open during the summer holidays. I think it is selfish of the hospitality mob to want to high jack August for this event, which has nothing to do with local people. Hardly any other business benefits from Folk week in fact it suppresses business, and I think that if anybody cant fill a B & B, holiday let, caravan etc the last week in August without the Folk week , then there is something seriously wrong. Why cant the folk week be at another time when Whitby need organised extra visitors. Further more I think it is mean and selfish of the Folk week organisers and the people who attend to want to have Whitby to themselves, on what would be any way the busiest week of the year. It is as if they are saying “Thanks very much lets have Whitby to ourselves” . I did notice this year the town went very quiet suddenly on Tuesday after the Regatta!
      Looking at it from my business point of view, I can take up to 700 people a week out fishing, which declines during the Folk week, I have yet to have had any custom from people visiting for the Folk week.

  6. peter anderson  July 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    And just how much will jmk and other directors make out of the reggatta.!

  7. Nigel Ward  August 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    *** LEAKED Whitby Regatta Limited letter ***


    See also backgound info here:


  8. jane honningsvaag  August 17, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I feel that it is now time to say a few words about Whitby Regatta.
    Mr Nigel Ward obviously knows nothing about lots of things, in particular The Whitby Regatta.
    It has been extremely an extremely sad experience reading all the erroneous and scurrilous ideas he has about The Regatta. He and his cohorts do a great disservice to Jane Kenyon and all the people, both past and present who have been/are on the Regatta Committee. All of them and many helpers, have given up hundreds of hours, freely, and I mean without being paid a penny, to promote both the Whitby Regatta and Whitby and to make it a splendid 3 days for the people of Whitby. They work hard, sometimes without any thanks, to ensure that the people of Whitby have their 3 special days. None of them deserves the maliciousness that Mr Ward, via Real Whitby (a misnomer if ever I heard one), has been spewing forth over the last few weeks. To all of you who think that you shouldn’t put money in the Regatta tins or support it, I can only say, please don’t bother to go to the Red Arrows display or the Fancy Dress Parade or the Fireworks. And next year, if there is no Regatta, because Nigel Ward and a few followers have destroyed the morale of the Whitby Regatta, the Committee and the many Volunteers, and they have decided not to bother to give their time, energy and knowledge, perhaps you will be ashamed. I certainly hope so!
    No-one benefits financially from the Regatta in any way, shape or form. Never has done and never will. The only people to benefit are the people of Whitby who enjoy 3 fun filled days. Instead of writing such rubbish, Mr Ward and all the sceptics should be giving a vote of thanks to everyone who works so hard. AS SHOULD ALL OF US WHO LIVE HERE.
    I also know exactly what I am talking about, as my late mother was the Regatta secretary for over 25 years (without pay too!) and know how it is all run on a purely voluntary basis. And although I am not on the Committee, I hold their work in the highest esteem and Whitby Regatta is very dear to my heart.
    So, come on people of Whitby – give a great big vote of confidence to the Regatta President, Jane Kenyon, and her small band of honest, hard working, UNPAID committee and helpers, in the hope that we all have a Regatta to look forward to in 2013!
    And to Nigel Ward and the few who think they know it all and know nothing – STOP TALKING RUBBISH – WE DON’T NEED OR WANT YOU!

  9. jane honningsvaag  August 17, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    I realise that I have incorrectly written the word EXTREMELY twice, at the beginning of my letter, but I do actually feel extremely, extremely upset that the people who are working so hard, voluntarily, for Whitby Regatta are having to deal with a lot of un-necessary unpleasantness just at their busiest few days…..

  10. Craig Natress  August 18, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Hello Jayne, you do raise some interesting points. I am a lifelong supporter of the regatta. It is the towns main event of the year. Rowing races, red arrows, fairs etc. My family take part in the rowing and we all enjoy the other events. Members of our family have taken part in regatta events for as long as I care to remember. We have nothing but respect for the “Volunteers” you talk of, with perhaps one exception. I have read all the recent stories on Real Whitby about Jane Kenyon. Not just the stories about the regatta but stories about alleged wrong doing on many levels. Her non declaration of interests on two councils over the years even lead to her story making national publication in Private Eye, a magazine renowned for quality reporting of corruption in politics. Then there was a letter from a clergymans widow, yes that’s correct a member of the church claiming wrongdoing by Mrs Kenyon. These stories have been running for months. Not once has Mrs Kenyon offered any explanation. Even well known local figures like Mike Ward And John Mceekan have written to Real Whitby asking for answers from Mrs Kenyon. Her reply ? Deadly silence. People are now thinking there is no smoke without fire. And then to cap it all she registers the towns major event as a business, run by herself. Surely you cant blaim people for wondering what the hell is going on here ? Can you ? I put it to you Jayne that it is Mrs Kenyon’s involvement with the Regatta that has put the whole thing in a bad light. Perhaps its time for a full statement from her, or perhaps its time she walked, and the rest of the good people could register for charitable status and continue with the excellent work they have been doing “unpaid” for all these years. Over to you !!

  11. peter anderson  August 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    very well put craig.
    maybe jane will open her eyes and see what is going on.wake up jane,or are you on the same train as some high ranking officials?(not for much longer)every one supports the regata.it is people like you that will distroy it.this is because YOU and your likes are unable to see that it has been hijacked.NEVER jane, knock poeple that are trying to proctect the regatta,from been a limited co for the gain of certain poeple.you say you support the regatta,get real,and take a hard look jane and think hard.i am sure that you work very hard to make the regatta what it is today

  12. jane honningsvaag  August 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

    To Peter Anderson – before you start making wrongful accusations about me “being on the same train as some high ranking officials” and saying it is people like me who will “distroy it”(sic), perhaps you ought to learn how to spell. You are totally and utterly wrong and I am very insulted.

  13. Al Roberts  August 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Having read the comment by Jane Honeythingy I was initially pleased that someone at long last was coming forward to defend Ms Kenyon, by quoting some “inside” knowledge on this article when she states, “I know exactly what I am talking about and know how it is all run”

    Reading on I am disappointed to find little content from Jane H to persuade me that the RW article is not factual.

    Jane H is however correct in that there are there are, “many helpers, have given up hundreds of hours, freely, and I mean without being paid a penny, to promote both the Whitby Regatta and Whitby and to make it a splendid 3 days for the people of Whitby”.
    Jane H may even be correct in her prediction that next year, “ many volunteers will have decided not to give up their time energy and knowledge”
    Whether or not that will be a consequence of the facts put forward by Nigel Ward, or by the presence of, and/or association with Jane Kenyon and her reputation, is still in the future and as yet unproven.

    I am still of an open mind on this issue, however until Jane H, (or better still Ms Kenyon) provides a more reasoned response, then her vote of confidence in Ms Kenyon is, just like the the similar one by Robert Goodwill, merely an unreasoned opinion.

  14. J Honningsvaag  August 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Hello Mr Roberts – honeythingy here.
    Just to say sorry to disappoint you that I have no insider info on anything, purely my knowledge of how the Whitby Regatta is run. Neither am I political or a member of anything, so this is just my opinion, with a bit of Regatta knowledge added from being close to “inside” for over 25 years, until the late 90′s. I still help out a bit, but am not biased, nor on anyone’s side. I just wanted to tell a few truths about the Regatta. I am now waiting for my final letter to be published. By the way, the translation from Norwegian is Cove or Small bay, not thingy.

    • Al Roberts  August 21, 2012 at 8:02 am

      Thank you Jane for confirming my thoughts, although I value your opinion, I prefer to consider the facts as presented and remain, as you predicted, “disappointed”.

  15. J Honningsvaag  August 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    To Nigel Ward and others…
    First of all, let me say that I am neither daft as a brush nor gullible. I HAVE read all that you have written about Ms J Kenyon, the Councils, Police etc. and have read the (often nasty) comments that lots of people who know little or nothing about the real Whitby Regatta have made.
    The people who have been on the Committee and the Presidents and Vice-Presidents have never ever had a salary or financial benefit from the Regatta up to now and I see no reason to suppose that they will start taking one now that it has been made into a Limited company. The Regatta has never ever been a charity and has only ever been a board of people willing to give their time and effort to the town’s premier event. If the Regatta status needed to be changed to a company for the purposes of insurance and liability, then it had to be done. I understand this is the only reason the status was changed.
    As far as the political side is concerned, a lot has been written which is hearsay. Until the vicar’s widow actually puts her name to the “letter” and only refers to persons as “X” and “Y”, it is only innuendo. Perhaps she is afraid of the law of Libel?
    Any other charges or issues of money and bankrupt companies should not be mixed in with Regatta business. They are for Ms Kenyon to answer/deal with as she sees fit. Either in a court of law or with the authorities concerned.
    As far as the Regatta is concerned, Ms Kenyon has been a very good ambassadress for the Regatta. She has been an elegant and eloquent figurehead, who has liaised with all the authorities in order to help the Regatta and has worked hard at lots of the events.
    And this, alone, is how she should be judged with regard to the Whitby Regatta. Other issues should be kept separate.
    I know how much the Regatta costs to run and where the money goes and I know everything is totally above board and scrupulously accounted for. Anyone doubting this need only attend the Annual General meeting and they will receive a full precis from the Accountant who accounts all the Regatta monies.
    The Secretary, Chairman and Committee/Board are all people of high integrity, so there should be no wondering as to what happens to the money. Attend the AGM and you will see!!
    My grandad used to help with and sell Regatta programmes from the 1940′s and since then my family has continued to support the Regatta and we now sponsor the Margaret Theaker Memorial Cup. We shall continue to do so in future, as we totally trust all members, both past and present. I hope all other sponsors and contributors do the same as it would be very sad for it to be a Regatta with no prizes given out, or even no Regatta at all for lack of funds. The Fireworks and Red Arrows alone cost many thousands of pounds.
    Also, it has always been that in this country a person is innocent until tried in a court of law and found guilty. And I don’t mean trial by newspapers or witch-hunts.
    I don’t intend to say any more or answer any more letters, as I feel I have said enough and I am very sad to have had to even try to defend The Whitby Regatta.
    Please believe that I am neither naive, inept, biased, ignorant, corrupt, stupid or blinkered as certain persons have written. I know very well what is happening in Whitby and what goes on in general. Long Live the Whitby Regatta. Thankyou.
    Mrs Jane Theaker Honningsvaag

  16. admin  August 19, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Lots of Regatta 2012 Photographs Here.

  17. Rose Adams  August 20, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    If Jane wants to know the name of the Vicars widow, she should just ask her ever so graceful friend.

  18. whitby sense  August 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    some poeple are using the word “fact” whereas Nigel Ward is careful enought to point out “in my view”.
    Whitby Regatta is run by volunteers who took legal advice and created Whitby Regatta Limited to protect themselves the event and the rowing clubs. Nigel Ward doesnt seem to like this even though by his own admissions on facebook his “View” goes to the solicitors before publishing we can only assume to protect himself from litigation.
    Here are a few questions Whitby Folk Week is a company limited by guarentee but this does not seem to concern Mr Ward. could this be because miss Kenyon is not involved.
    Mr WArd does however raise some good points i have been assured that the comittee is still in place so that no one can take control of whitby regatta. both rowing clubs still vote at regular meetings are sent the minutes off these meetings and will be i am sure reading the treasurers report.
    i would like to pose a single question however these attacks on the people that organise the event could lead to them leaving and without them who is going to organise the event in the future, Mr Ward ?
    a final quote from Mr Ward “only seven Red Arrows this year.and a much less spectacular performance. Health & Safety Rules.”
    a year to the day since the tragic death of flt Jon Egging. “No thought no resaerch and no respect”

  19. The Man In The White Suit  August 25, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I really can’t understand how any good comes out of having a pop at the regatta , it’s a great event, run by volunteers . Please think, before typing…….

    • Whitby Warrior  August 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Totally agree. You have to be careful when writing about The Regatta. Mount an attack on anything to do with the regatta and you instantly attack 99% of Whitby people. Its a shame as this undoes lots of good work against Kenyon.

  20. Dave Heselton  August 25, 2012 at 9:56 am

    To Jane Honningsvaag,
    I suspect I may know which family you come from if your late mother was Regatta secretary for many years, and I also suspect that my late father was at sea with your father.

    I have mixed feelings about all this controversy, on the one hand I see absolutely nothing wrong in the Regatta becoming a company with directors, I do not feel there is anything sinister about it and a sane and rational explanation as to why this move was made has been put forward.

    With regard to Councillor Kenyon, this lady is a controversial figure, there are equaly as many people in the area who detest the woman as there are those who support her, she seems to attract or court controversy.

    In my own personal opinion Councillor Kenyon does have questions to answer which, so far, she has refused to do, and it would be the right and proper thing for her to answer allegations if only to allay suspicions and tounge-waggers; Some are saying that her silence speaks a thousand words.

    I make no apology for stating that I do not support Coun Kenyon, I have never voted for her and in actual fact have campaigned against her in elections; If Coun Kenyon is found to be innocent of all these allegations and if she eventualy comes forward with satisfactory answers to certain questions then that should be an end to it all.

  21. The Man In The White Suit  September 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Turns out the regatta took more in donations then ever, which is great to see that 99.999999999999999% of whitby people are fully behind them…

  22. Real Whitby Webmaster  May 2, 2013 at 12:56 am

    But they cant afford the red arrows ? who is telling the truth here then ?

  23. Tim Hicks  May 8, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I read the above comments with great interest.

    Real Whitby originally raised issues about the re-organisation of the Regatta in to a Limited Company because we were concerned that it was not the correct way to go and had not been done properly. This is not in any way a reflection on the volunteers that work hard to run the Regatta. However it does confirm that there are serious issues here which need to be resolved

    Two years on the debate still rages and none of the issues raised by Real Whitby have been addressed. Although the situation is still causing disquiet. This is completely unacceptable.

    Accordingly Real Whitby will be re-entering the debate to obtain a resolution, in the best interests of the Regatta, the volunteers and Whitby.


  24. Nigel  May 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    *** “Regatta – Regatta?” ***

    • a report by TIM HICKS FCA on the organisational status of Whitby Regatta, outlining his thoughts on the risks attendant upon allowing the present confused state of affairs to continue.



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