Malta’s National Regattas are held on September 8th and the 31st March in Malta’s Grand Harbour. In these historical regattas, rowers compete using traditional fixed-seat boats over a c. 1000m distance to win a Palju. The magnificent Fort St Angelo provides an imposing backdrop to the sleek and colourful Maltese boats. Rowing teams from Birzebbuga, Valletta, Vittoriosa, Senglea, Kalkara, Cospicua and Marsa participate in a number of very exciting races. In most boats, there is a equal mix of seated and standing rower where the standing rowers row in the Venetian style.
Four typed of boats are used in these regattas, namely the Dghajsa Tal-Pass which is rowed by two rowers (Races 1 and 6) or four rowers (Races 9 and 19), the Dghajsa Tal-Medalji, a lighter and faster version which is rowed by four rowers (Races 2 and 5), the Kajjik a small boat which is rowed by two rowers (Races 3 and 8) and the Frejgatina, another small boat which is the only boat rowed by two seated rowers and coxswain.
The Regatta is sanctioned by Ghaqda Regatta Nazzjonali u Qdif Iehor, the Maltese Rowing Association with the logistics being provided by SportMalta (formerly known as the Malta Sports Council) who also finance the prizes.