Next Regatta: 11th May 2019
Trinity Regatta is an annual regatta first held in 1866, in Dublin’s docklands. Pausing only from 1915 to 1921 as a result of World War I, the regatta has run every year since 1898 at its current location, on the River Liffey at Islandbridge. The main enclosure is located in, what is now, the Irish National War Memorial Gardens; a picturesque and idyllic spot for watching racing or enjoying the social scene.
The size of the river here necessitates a two lane, knock-out style regatta, providing for exciting, and often dramatic racing. The course is 1800 meters in length and rounds a number of bends, challenging both the mental strength of rowers and the skill of their coxwains. Neither station has an advantage over the other, but successful crews will use the bends to create their own advantages. A tow-path follows the river for the full length of the course allowing spectators follow the entire races on bicycles, should they wish.
Unique to Ireland, and of specific note, Trinity Regatta is also a significant social event. On the day of the regatta the War Memorial Gardens are to been seen filled with white marquees and striking blazers, as people enjoy the food and drink on offer throughout the day. The Regatta Luncheon and Regatta Tea are two fine events, and are integral to the traditions of the regatta.
Trinity Regatta is the largest annual sporting event in Dublin University, and it is fitting that after many successful years it continues to attract the interest of crews and spectators from all over Ireland and the world.