Portuguese American Journal

Sailing: The VII International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta is underway– New Bedford, MA

The Azorean Maritime Heritage Society is sponsoring the VII International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta in partnership with the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  The goal of the event is to connect the common whaling heritage of the Azores and New Bedford.

First held in New Bedford in 2004, the competition alternates each year between the New Bedford and the Azores. Three American Beetle wooden whaleboats, donated to the Charles W. Morgan by the Whaling Museum and Mystic Seaport, are competing against the Azorean guest team.

The competition, taking place at the Clark’s Cove in New Bedford, September 4-8, includes lectures, cultural performances and exhibitions.

Organizer Victor Pereira told the press that the event will offer locals the opportunity to learn more about the whaling heritage connecting the Azores and New Bedford.  “This interconnection is amazing, and it’s something that until recently was relatively dormant,” he said.

Two sailing teams from the Azorean islands of Pico and Faial are competing against male and female local teams in both sailing and rowing events in using replicas of Azorean whaleboats.

On Sunday, September 8, the Dabney Cup will be taking place. The race was named after the Dabney family, a Boston clan who lived on the island of Faial for seven decades in the 1800s.

In addition to the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society and New Bedford Whaling Museum, the races are being sponsored by the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Luso American Foundation of Lisbon (FLAD), the Banco Espírito Santo, BPI Bank, Inc, Horacio’s Welding & Sheet Metal, Grape Moments, SATA International, West Marine and the Portuguese Consulate of New Bedford.

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For further information:  The New Bedford Whaling Museum