There also was the regatta (I am not sure if it continues)—a great spectacle that could not be surpassed by any in Europe.
It is a fine night for a regatta, and I will stand you a pound on Mr. Handlead's heels.
I myself was bitten once by the regatta Bacteria, and very painful it was.
And yet you got two hundred and thirty for a regatta in June last!
The cottage belonged to the victor in the regatta, who himself conducted the visitor to his dwelling.
It is a regatta, a free-for-all, devil-take-the-hindmost affair.
Thus when the regatta day came there was a vast concourse of people to witness the contest.
It was the first regatta of the kind, and doubtless it will be the last.
But the regatta on this occasion was by no means interesting, for the wind fell into calm, and it was merely a drifting match.
No boat-race or regatta ever began at the time appointed for the start.
1650s, name of a boat race among gondoliers held on the Grand Canal in Venice, from Italian (Venetian dialect) regatta, literally "contention for mastery," from rigattare "to compete, haggle, sell at retail." [Klein's sources, however, suggest a source in Italian riga "row, rank," from a Germanic source and related to English row (v.).] The general meaning of "boat race, yacht race" is usually considered to have begun with a race on the Thames by that name June 23, 1775 (cf. OED), but there is evidence that it was used as early as 1768.