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The etymology of the word "regatta" is debated. Some say it is derived from the Italian "riga", line, for the starting line, and others consider it derived from the Latin "aurigare", to race.
This kind of competitive rowing has been around for eons, first noted in Egyptian inscriptions in 1430 BC. The first known "modern" racing began with competition among professional watermen that provided ferry and taxi service on the River Thames.
|Doggett's Coat and Badge by Thomas Rowlandson|
photos by Lisa Aurand