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The 4th Danube Regatta – Budapest – 2016.


This year’s Riverside Festival ready to provide you with pure sporting pleasure organised by  József Antall – knowledge Center – Budapest.

Saturday, 11 a.m.  – May, 7. 2016. -Budapest

The Rotaract clubs of Budapest are organizing also a Rotaract Streetball + Teqball Festival on the day of the Danube Regatta  Riverside Festival.

The Danube Regatta opening ceremony starting at 3.15 p.m. when by  universities cheerleader spectacular duel will take place!

Rowing in Budapest again for the 4th time … cheering is open for everyone who comes along and watch the year’s biggest inter-university’s  sport and culture best on and on the boardwalk of the River Danube – Budapest. Going to be a day of gathering, enjoying the sights-and-sounds floating on the water as the springs sunshine will surely fill the day with much joy and entertainment.

The rowing and dragon boat race will take place on stretch of the Danube in Budapest. The race start from the Parliament passing the Chain Bridge and ends at the Quay  – Budapest University of Technology. The observers may watch the participating universities rowers, by rowing eights made up of professionals. The dragon boats will feature students forged into teams during practice sessions leading up to the big race.

From Hungary 15 universities will paddle against each other in the dragon boat race, while the rowing eight competition will feature 6 Hungarian teams, aswell as the rowers from the Oxford and Cambridge universities. As in the previous years will fulfill a day of excitements and cheering will break the silence of the River Danube floating onwards.

Participating Universities: Andrássy Gyula German Speaking University – Budapest, Budapest Business School, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Central European University, Corvinus University of Budapest, Eötvös Loránd University, National University of Public Service, Óbuda University, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Semmelweis University, Széchenyi István University, University of Cambridge, University of Debrecen, University of Oxford, University of Pécs, University of Physical Education, and University of Szeged.

Timetable to the races:

4.25 p.m. – I. Regatta rowing race
5.20 p.m. – II.Regatta rowing race
5.50 p.m. – Dragon Boat-final
6.15 p.m. – Rowing Final
7.15 p.m. – Announcement of the results.

The “Capital Cup” competition teams will be ranked according their results in  three out four events. … Capital Cup … there are various projects aiming to join central and eastern European countries, especially those in the Danube region, in trade and culture, also sporting events are yet to become in common. In 2015 the three capitals Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna joined in a newly initiated Eights’ Cup. The Capital Cup promotes networking among rowers from the participating nations. The concept of bringing these three neighbouring countries closer together with a series of races seems very appealing, and with this cup,  there is high hope as to establish a new tradition.

In additional to the Riverside Festival, the newest hungarian invention, the game called teqball will be on the platform. Basically you will be able to play table tennis, just not with a table tennis racket and ball, but using your legs and a football. To enter the teqball game the fee is 2500HUF. Teams can be formed by two people. With the help of the entry fees paid by the participating teams and our sponsors generous contributions, the organizers wish  to support the Debrecen-Nagycsere-Halápi Reformed Mission Church. This community provides family and child protection, family daycare, help around the house, and services taking care in the farms and villages areas.

Bring your buddies along and play Streetball + Teqball for a good cause!

After the Riverside Race need not have to rush away from the venue, because then the party on the Boardwalk will begin with games and performance by the winners of the 2016 Sound of the University battle of the bands, and  DJs entertain the visitors on two stages late night until the festival ends.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Danube Regatta – International rowing and dragon boat race – Budapest – 2015!

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Saturday, April, 25. 2015.  …  was at the right time in the right place!

The university’s  rowers and dragon boat sport competition took two hours with  fingers crossed cheerleaders and spinning excitements rowing on the River Danube – Budapest.

Saturday, April, 25 at the River Danube was the terrific venue for hustle and bustle, enjoying spring’s sunshine, university lifestyle, the Danube Party, concerts and a bunch of entertainment  … The Danube Regatta created a tradition to call up bring closer together rival universities.  The foreigner and Hungarian university’s rowers and students  filled the wharf  as the “Row in Budapest”  splashing race began.

The international rowing and dragon boat sports competition between universities at the Danube regatta. In addition to the twelve national higher education institution. Professional rowing-men flew over to Budapest to take part at the race on the water from the Harvard and the Princeton University  to compete at this sport festival of the year as well.

In the dragon boat race the Széchenyi István University team won and stood on the highest stand, in front of the University of Civil Service. The second  place was won by the eight rowers from the City of Győr University team. The third stand was reached by  the Princeton University team and the Corvinus University of Budapest was just a wink away and came in fourth.

The winning rowers from America, the Harvard University became the first ahead of the Hungary’s Széchenyi István University being the second, and rowing in the third place was the Princeton University team from the United States.

Thousands of bystanders had great interest to be present at this competition and the full day shows were attracted by the strolling by visitors and those who wish to do some exercise could choose from several options.

The rowing sporty event was opened by Colleen Bell, the US Ambassador, who  shared some sporty thoughts of her own University year in Scotland and also thanked the invitation of the Center of József Antall to open this fabulous rowers race.

The competition was made up of professional and amateur dragon boat rowers teams. István Simicskó – Secretary of State for sport also rowed the boat with his daughter representing the University of Physical Education. The team eventually finished in third place.

The Danube Regatta was a generally spectacular event for audiences of all ages, it had also an important specific aim of bringing young and elder folks closer to each other, and to pump up yourselves in the daily live with a little movement.

Here is a short shot … a few seconds off the start:

The slide show speaks more than words … so go for it and feel the mood of the awesome day!

Update, snaps, video by: Aggie Reiter