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Riddarin, 8-mannafar, Gull og steypavinnari á Jóansøku 2011 | by Eileen Sandá
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Riddarin, 8-mannafar, Gull og steypavinnari á Jóansøku 2011

Info about the Faroese "Kappróður" - Boat Races and the Festivals

There are 7 festivals with boat races in Faroese wooden rowing boats held around the islands from early June until the final boat race (kappróður) at Ólavsøka (Olavsoka Ewe), the national holiday, in Tórshavn on 28 July. The children under 15 are rowing 500 meters, young rowers between 15 and 18 are rowing 100 meters in 5-mannafør (boys and girls, not mixed, only the coxswain can be of the other sex). Adult women (over 18) are rowing in 5-mannafør, but also in 6-mannafør. Adult men (over 18) are rowing in three boat types and lenghts: 6-mannafør which row a 1000 meter race (6 rowers), 8-mannafør which row 1500 meters and 10-mannafør which are rowing 2000 meters (except for in some places where the fjord is not long enough, i.e. in Tórshavn, no boat race can be longer than 1000 meters). Some of the festivals vary or change between neighbour villages, but the first festival, Norðoyastevna, is always in Klaksvík and Ólavsøka is always in Tórshavn. The boat race in Tórshavn is always at the Ewe of Ólavsøka, which is on 28 July. The other boat races are always held on Saturdays.


Results from the boat races (kappróður) at Jóansøka 2011 on


Faroese "Kappróður" photos on Commons Wikimedia

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Taken on June 25, 2011