Azorean Whale Boat Regatta
Sun, Jun 2, 2013
Venue: MIT Pierce Boathouse
409 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139Contact:
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The Boston Portuguese Festival and the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society are hosting its 7th Annual Azorean Whale Boat Regatta at the MIT Pierce Boathouse, on Sunday, June 03, 2012. The annual regatta, one of the most celebrated events of the Boston Portuguese Festival, is back this year with more crews competing and a great program.
Races will begin at 1pm and spectators can root for their local teams from the viewing deck of the MIT Pierce Boathouse overlooking the Charles River. About 10 teams, comprised of 7 rowers compete for the first, second and third prize in these unique whaleboats owned and maintained by the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society. The event is open to the public and admission is free. In addition to the races, there will be a whaleboat sailing demonstration, including tours on the boats, an awards ceremony for crews competing and an opportunity to
listen to some of the rich oral history behind whaling.
The Azorean Maritime Heritage Society is a U.S. based non-profit organization, founded in 1997, to promote the historical contributions of Azorean sailors and whaleboat builders to the U.S. whaling industry. Based in New Bedford, MA, it maintains the Azorean Whaleman Gallery at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
The event is an opportunity for the public to learn more about Azorean-Portuguese history and its ties with the New England whaling industry. Inspired by the North American boat building heritage, the Azorean whalers developed a new whale boat model which was longer and better adapted to the seaworthiness and one of the most remarkable boat designs of the North Atlantic.