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The most important of the north coast's popular races of traditional fishing boats

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La Concha Fishing Boat Regatta

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Traineras are traditional Cantabrian rowboats used by fishermen, their origin lost in the mists of time. Somewhere along the line, they became less used for fishing than for racing, and trainera races are a popular feature of summer in towns all along the northern Spanish coast. The La Concha trainera regatta is one of the most important, held the first two Sundays of September since 1879, off San Sebastián's central city beach. It fills the beach, promenades, and other areas of the water's edge from Mt. Urgull around Mt. Igueldo, with spectators, many cheering on their favourite teams, and of course afterward, many if not most of them pouring into the Old Town to the tapas bars, cafés, and watering holes, lending an especially festive air to the city throughout the evening.



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