08th September 2017
To celebrate il-Vitorja - the commemoration of the Great Siege of 1565, a regatta is organised in the Grand Harbour, visible from Vittoriosa & Valletta.
The Regatta as we now know it was introduced in 1822, to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Victories. Cash prizes and linen flags were awarded to the winners. By the turn of the twentieth century the Victory regatta had four different events: the four-oared fishing boats, the two-oared, four-oared passenger boats, and the four-oared caiques.
The traditional Maltese rowing style predates the reestablishment of the Olympic Games as we now know them. It may be considered as a hybrid between the rowing styles practiced in the UK, particularly in the South West of England, and Italy, which, over the years, became practically unique to Malta.