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Regatta returns after hiatus

Regatta Queen Annalyse Steele
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Astoria Regatta returns this year for an abbreviated festival on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Just a few weeks ago, the Regatta’s Board of Directors had canceled the historic event for the second year in a row.

However, as COVID-19 infections have fallen and pandemic restrictions have lifted, the board reconsidered its decision.

“The Regatta Board came together this year with the goal of reviving some outdoor events that could be held safely during the pandemic,” board President Melissa Grothe said. “I anticipate that we’ll be celebrating a return of the full festival in 2022.”

The Seamen’s Memorial and Highwater Boat Parade will take place.

All are invited to recognize Clatsop County’s rich maritime history at 11 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Seamen’s Memorial in Astoria’s Maritime Memorial Park. Celebrate the service of the men and women of the Coast Guard and Navy, commercial fishermen, river and bar pilots, and others in maritime industries.

Later that afternoon, find a good spot along the Astoria Riverwalk for the Highwater Boat Parade with boats of all sizes. The parade begins at 5 p.m. Captains can sign up at

Annalyse Steele, an Astoria High School graduate, was crowned 2020 Regatta queen in a small, ceremony last summer. She will continue to serve through 2022, when the board hopes to select a full Regatta court. Steele will attend Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., this fall to study theology.

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