- A boat racing event.
Probably earlier than the 18th century. Likely from Venice. Thought to be a corruption of the Italian word rigattare, meaning to wrangle. Also from Spanish, regatear, meaning to hassle.
Essentially a large boating and/or boat racing event. Modern day regattas come in many varieties depending on the event and can feature vessels of virtually any size and rigging.
Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum.