A regatta is a series of boat races. The term typically describes racing events of rowed or sailed water craft, although some powerboat race series are also called regattas. A regatta often includes social and promotional activities which surround the racing event, and except in the case of boat type (or "class") championships, is usually named for the town or venue where the event takes place.
Although regattas are typically amateur competitions, they are usually formally structured events, with comprehensive rules describing the schedule and procedures of the event. Regattas may be organised as championships for a particular area or type of boat, but are often held just for the joy of competition, camaraderie, and general promotion of the sport.
The view here is captured from Southbank, looking towards the bay in a Southerly direction. The distant shore of the Mornington Peninsula can be seen, as well as the sailing boats taking part in a regatta. Melbourne is built around the Bay and there are many Yacht Clubs around the bayside suburbs offering boating facilities and organised boating events.
This post is part of the Blue Monday meme.