T he Rabelo Boat Regatta is held every year, on the 24th of june, with Porto city festivities of Saint John. These events bring to the city a great glamour and joy to the people around and to our product - The Port Wine.
RABELO BOAT REGATTA
The Rabelo Boat Regatta is held on month of June, on the afternoon at the Douro River.
The race begins on time, followed alongside by some 300 guests on the Douro Azul river cruiser.
On both banks of the Douro river, hundreds of happy onlookers cheered the boats on their way, adding to the excitement of the most traditional event of its kind that the cities of Porto and Gaia offer their citizens at this time of the year.
The crews of the Rabelo boats representing several Port Wine Shippers (Cockburn, Gran Cruz, Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers, Sogevinus, Sogrape Vinhos, Symington Family Estates, Rozès) battled a following wind as they raced upriver with their sails unfurled, each striving to be the first to reach the finishing line.
The prizes are awarded by the Chancellor to the warm applause of all present, followed by the usual group photographs, accompanied by dancing and singing with a Folk Dancing Group. Crews and guests then made their way to Sandeman’s Lodges where they enjoyed dinner.