The 8th Vode Vojvodine Regatta in a row set sail this morning from Novi Sad on a ten day cruise along the lowlands from 24 June to 3 July 2016. The start was marked by passing through the Novi Sad Ship Lock which connects the Danube-Tisa-Danube Canal and the Danube River.

Vode Vojvodine Regatta has set out on a 300 kilometer long journey along the canals in Bačka District and the Danube River on a circular route Novi Sad-Bački Petrovac-Odžaci-Srpski Miletić-Sombor-Bezdan-Sombor-Karavukovo-Bačko Novo Selo-Novi Sad.

PWMC Vode Vojvodine traditionally organizes the regatta on the occasion of the Danube Day on 29th June and it is one of the largest multi-day recreational navigation events in our country. Around 80 boats with more than 200 crew members will participate in this year’s regatta. There are also around 40 school and preschool-age children among the Pannonian sailors who will participate.  Foreign participants from Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria and Netherlands will be joining domestic boaters based mostly in the cities of Novi Sad and Belgrade.

By organizing the regatta, PWMC Vode Vojvodine aims at promoting navigation potential of Vojvodina, navigation itself and nautical tourism as well as to affirm living near water. This year’s regatta also celebrates the 160th anniversary of Bezdan Ship Lock, a particularly significant structure belonging to hydrotechnical heritage of Vojvodinian canals which was the first structure in Europe that had been built by means of underwater concrete pouring.

We would like to use this opportunity to express our gratitude for cooperation and hospitality to local self-governments and tourist organizations of Bački Petrovac, Odžaci, Srpski Miletić, Sombor, Bezdan, Karavukovo and Bačko Novo Selo.