Feb
03
2013

Royal Hobart Regatta – February 9-11

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Australia's "largest aquatic event", the Royal Hobart Regatta, returns for its 175th anniversary on February 9 for three days of sails, power boats, family fun and entertainment!

Around 30,000 to 40,000 people are estimated to take part in the festivities each year in Tasmania's capital city, with the first regatta held in 1838 to commemorate the discovery of the island state.

The first day of the regatta will see attendees attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most kayaks and canoes launched simultaneously, with participants needing to beat the current record of 303.

The launch will take place on Saturday February 9 at Bellerive Beach at 10:00, with a leisurely paddle of around 2.5km to the Regatta Ground after the record attempt.

Other events taking place on the Saturday include the Bruny Island Yacht Race, the Wooden Dinghy race from Regatta to Wooden Boat Festival, and A Flavour of the Regatta, where visitors can sample delicious food and wine under the grandstand.

The second day of the regatta is kids and family day, with a fishing competition, sports expo, junior photo competition, pirate entertainment show, face painting and other fantastic children's activities taking place.

The last day of the Royal Hobart Regatta is jam-packed with events and activities, with the morning kicking off with a number of rowing races from 07:30 to 10:00.

The Trans Derwent Swim & Fin Swim will also have an early morning start, with other activities such as the Tasmanian Yardstick Regatta, Classic Wooden Power Boat Race and RAAF Roulettes demonstration. 

The afternoon and evening program is filled with entertainment from Tassie Rockers Dance Group, Southern Allstars Cheerleaders, the Navy Rock Band, the Australian Army Band and finally a fireworks display to end the celebrations at 21:20.

Rowing is always a feature of The Regatta

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Rowing under The Tasman bridge

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