The Royal St. John’s Regatta, and One Girl’s Quest for Hotdogs

George Street Festival ends off with the Royal St. John’s Regatta, the oldest continuing sporting event in North America. We’re all about “old” up in hurr.

When you think about it, it seems a little cruel to put a major event immediately after the most booziest festival ever. Especially when you consider the fact that if the regatta doesn’t go ahead due to weather conditions, people still have to work. We call this “Regatta Roulette” — you test your luck by attending the last night of George Street Festival, getting plastered, and taking a chance on working in the morning.

My friends took their chances. There were jello shots. I may or may not have cried about my lack of income when I was a few dollars short for a beer.

Anyway. I was surprised to see a huge, busy beer tent in the middle of the regatta completely filled with people. I didn’t venture too close. 3 pm on a Wednesday, people! I love Newfoundland.

So yeah, basically the whole town turns out for a big rowing competition across Quidi Vidi Lake. Races take place all day, and almost anyone can participate if you’ve spent the last year putting together a sweet team. I did not. I admired the cut girls from afar.

My mission was for carnival food, namely giant hot dogs and cotton candy. Candy apples were thrown in the mix.

Theres something to be said about my life as I restrain from hurling over the side of the bridge while cheering on athletes.

There’s something to be said about my life as I restrain from hurling over the side of the bridge while cheering on athletes.

There’s also games, bouncy castles, food and lots of entertainment. And would you believe that after living in this city for four years, it was my first year attending? Shame on me, I know.

But damn those hotdogs were good.

Insert lewd sexual comment. Photo courtesy of Maggie, whom I apparently envy for her fashion sense seeing as how I dressed exactly like her. People commented.

Insert lewd sexual comment. Photo courtesy of Maggie, whom I apparently envy for her fashion sense seeing as how I dressed exactly like her. People commented.

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  • August 06 2010

    We have a regatta here in Miami and it is nowhere near as cool as this. I really want a hot dog right now.

    • August 17 2010

      I really wish I could have utilized the beer tent.

  • August 06 2010

    Just the word “regatta” makes me smile. I was picturing summer blue skies, shimmering water, gentle breezes and laughs even before I read your post! And a good hotdog is always a boon… :-)

    • August 17 2010

      Can’t believe this was my first regatta! What a day!

  • August 06 2010

    OH CRAP. Just entered brilliant comment, but forgot to do the f-ing captcha code and lost all my words. DAMN IT.

    hmmm… can I recall my brilliance of only moments ago?

    Not many regattas here in the Rocky Mountains, although people do like to zip around on lakes on those wind board things that go up in the air and do cool tricks. Not sure what they are called… wind surfing? Don’t know. Don’t do it. Don’t like to go up in the air unless I’m in an airplane.

    I can relate to being hungover at an athletic event. I just think to myself, while I’m out having fun they are training, training, training. And while they may look really good in those short shorts, I mean really good, I’m still having more fun. *burp*

    • August 17 2010

      Hahaha, we are kindred spirits, I think. I think I’ll skip on the wind surfing as well, thanks.

  • August 06 2010
    maggie

    I kind of laugh everytime I see that photo… we really should not dress alike, it’s to weird ;P (it’s not just the light blue tank top and greyish bottoms… sunglasses, red hair, pale freckly skin… pony tails… it’s just too much ;) )

    Glad we were able to drag ya down! Way to participate in regatta roulette like an unemployed trooper ;D

    • August 17 2010

      I know, I can’t even imagine what people were thinking when they spotted us, hahahaha….

  • August 07 2010

    Mmm hotdog. You girls look like sisters, even the sunnies are the same.

    • August 17 2010

      For real! I laugh every time I see that picture.

  • August 07 2010

    There’s something magical about the hot dogs you eat at outdoor events – they just somehow taste so much better than the hot dogs you make at home.

    I’m glad you’re getting out and having fun – since you’ll be moving, you should be sure to get out and do all the things around St. John’s that you haven’t yet done before you go, so that no one can say “what? you lived in St. John’s for four years and never did such and such?”…. :-)

    • August 17 2010

      Oh I’m not moving, just taking a little break from the city…I can’t bear to leave here just yet! What a place.

  • August 08 2010

    Yummmm, hot dogs and holy cow you and maggie could be twins.

  • August 16 2010

    Hey Candice…
    So I’m coming up to St. Johns for a long weekend :D
    I’ve looked at the usual itineraries … but I figured you would have a good insight … any must go eating places or places that I must see?
    Rish

  • September 03 2010
    Jake Blake

    The Royal St.John’s Regatta has been on the go for 192 years on the first Wednesday of August. So who would be so cruel and have the George Street Festival the nighnt before the Regatta.

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