Historically the coming of the fall triggered the spirited Whaleboat Regatta. The multitude of ships visiting or stationed at Mare Island would lower their monomoys—traditional, heavy whaleboats that doubled as lifeboats—and teams of eight sailors would race a friendly but intense competition, with thousands of spectators gathering to cheer from the waterfront. The tradition lives on with the modern-day Vallejo Whaleboat Regatta each fall. Between the Maritime Academies, Navy presence, and local rowing associations, the San Francisco Bay Area has the largest concentration of monomoy whaleboats in the country.
the history behind the name
The Vallejo Cup, the original Whaleboat Regatta, was a premier Navy rowing race held in the Mare Island strait annually starting in 1904.
Our rowing team "The Torpedoes" practicing for the Whaleboat Regatta race that takes place at Vallejo Waterfront Weekend every fall.
Whaleboat crews from different ships in the 1900s. Just one of the