Course Layout

The course of the Royal St. John's Regatta is possibly the most unique boat racing course in the world. Unlike most other racing courses, the length of Quidi Vidi Lake forces competitors to turn a set of buoys at the bottom of the pond in the male races, and a set of buoys at the center of the pond for female races.

Male Course

With an overall length of 2.45 km (1.52 miles), the male course is a grueling testimony to the sport of boat racing. The crew must line themselves at their respective stake and, when the signal is given, race to their designated buoy at the bottom of the pond.

Should one full minute elapse with no mis-start, accident or equipment damage, the race is considered official and will not be stopped unless an emergency occurs.

The first crew reaching their buoy will be given right of way to round the buoy. To successfully complete the course, crews must round the buoy on the south side, and approach their starting stake on the north side. The distance between the buoys at the top of the pond is 36.5 meters (119.75 feet) and at the foot of the pond they are 15.7 meters (51.5 feet).

Female Course

Though a shorter course, the female course is no less grueling or impressive to watch.

The length of the course comes in at 1.225 km (0.76 miles) and like the male course, crews must reach their buoys and round them on the south side, approaching their starting positions from the north.

The distance between buoys are the same in both courses as is giving right of way to the crew which reaches their buoy first.

Both courses follow the same set of rules for conduct and sportsmanship.

 


The Royal St. John’s  Regatta Committee Color Assignment for Racing Shells

 

Shell Name

Colour

Wooden Bottom Shells

Miss Molson

Gold

Cougar Helicopters Soteria

Blue

Gerry Angel

Green

Dictator

Red

Iceberg Gold

White

Miss Tubular

Tan

 

 

White Bottom Shells

The OZ Network

Gold

The Newfoundland Herald

Blue

Smith Stockley

Green

The Henley

Red

President’s Choice

White

The Broker

Tan

 

 

Fibreglass Group A Shells

Miss India II

Gold

Stroke of Power

Blue

Smith Stockley II

Green

Catherine M

Red

The NTV Network

White

The Ranger

Tan

 

 

Fibreglass Group B Shells

Lamb’s Palm Breeze

Gold

HydroWise

Blue

The Telegram

Green

The Sea-Hawk

Red

The CBC

White

The Marine Institute

Tan

 

 


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