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International Regatta – The Dabney Cup
September 10, 2017 • 9:00 am-2:00 pmFree
Not since the end of the whaling era has anything like this been seen! Six whaleboats ‒ three Azorean-style and three Yankee-style “beetle boats” ‒ will compete against each other in New Bedford’s Clarks Cove to determine which would perform best under row and sail. Spectators are welcome!
The Yankee-style boats are the original design used by the world-famous New Bedford whale ships, whereas the Azorean-design boats were modified by whalemen in the Azores to accommodate their shore-style method of whaling.
Suggested viewpoints: West Beach (along West Rodney French Boulevard) and Cove Walk (atop hurricane barrier)