Whitby Regatta 2014 – Fun @ Whitby

Red Arrows, Fireworks, Fair, And More.

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

Pictures From Regatta 2014

Whitby Regatta by Real Whitby


Main Events And Times @ Whitby Regatta

  • The Red Arrows -  6.30pm on Sunday 10th August 2014
  • Fireworks – 9.45pm On Monday 11th August 2014
  • Rowing Races – See official programme.
  • Floats And Fancy Dress -  Monday 11th August 2014. Gather at 9.00am set off at 10am from Market Place.
  • Whats On At Whitby Regatta, All The News Here.

Whitby Regatta Photographs


 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

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

    Does it clash with any other event this year?

  4. 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.

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

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

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

    *** LEAKED Whitby Regatta Limited letter ***


    See also backgound info here:


  7. 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!


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