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Rowing Practice is the name of this photo which was taken at Beautiful Quidi Vidi Lake. The number of crows to practice is literally outstanding, single rowers, double rowers, four seats and the larger six seats, the official size fore the regatta.
The coach in the motorboat is giving instructions to his crew. One thing struck me is that theyre not all wearing life jackets.
A brief history includes the following.
The Royal St. John's Regatta has been a part of Newfoundland history for 185 years. It has been known to draw a crowd of up to 50,000 people annually to the shores of Quidi Vidi Lake. It is the oldest and probably one of the most celebrated annual sporting events in North America. The first recorded documentation of an organized event taking place is in 1818, but historians believe that rowing matches were taking place among ship's crews in St. John's Harbor since at least the 1700's.

It is no surprise that in a society developed with such close ties to the sea that the skills of seafaring men - and more recently women - would be put to the test in friendly and sometimes unfriendly competition

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