In The 2019 Royal Hobart Regatta will mark the celebration of the 181st anniversary of the first Regatta in 1838.
The three-day long event ends on 11th, the second Monday of February, with an action-filled and adventure packed schedule.
King George V presented the title, the Royal Hobart Regatta and celebrated the event on 6 February 1934 for the first time. The event started with a series of aquatic competitions and displays held annually in Hobart, Tasmania. The Governor of Tasmania, Sir John Franklin decided that the annual anniversary regatta will be celebrated by the wearing of a sprig of silver wattle blossom tied with British Navy-blue ribbon. He even made arrangements for free food and beer to all spectators, the tradition of free entry continues to date.
In recent years, large screens project a live feed of the from the ‘water actions’ to spectators. The people, nearby or far, travel all the way to attend this sporty event.
Saturday is the ‘holiday day’ for family and kids. The event starts with a great rowing program, closing with the famous Denis Mounie Championship Eights. The second annual 2 bridges kayak race follows – a challenging 15km race to the Bowen Bridge and return. There are a great activity and entertainment program, Makebelieve “Under the Sea”. The program is more entertaining with performances from the Musical Theatre Crew, full of song, dance, and activities organized. Water sports like a greasy pole and kayak sprints are fun and joy to watch.
The second day of the event, which is Sunday, popularly called “People’s Day” starts with the Trans Derwent Swim. The spectacular Power Boats, Navy helicopter wet winching rescue, keelboat racing for the admirable Sir Thomas Lipton Cup, Regatta Ambassador, display of Stan Tilley aerobatic.
A full entertainment program followed by more keelboat racing close-up at 6 pm with the twilight race starting directly in front of the Regatta Ground. The evening will lead to vibrancy in the sky with fireworks. Sideshows and water rides continue in the evening.
Monday will feature the closing ceremony with sideshows and rides running all day. From 3:30 the Australian Wooden Boat Festival fleet will provide a spectacular parade on the River Derwent.
It is the perfect time to visit Australia and indulge in different activities, complemented by fantastic weather.