Royal Hobart Regatta

Royal Hobart Regatta Quick Facts

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2020 Date10 February 2020
2021 Date8 February 2021
Royal Hobart Regatta

Royal Hobart Regatta History

The Royal Hobart Regatta is an Australian aquatic event and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. It is held annually in the southern Australian state of Tasmania and features 3 days of non-stop aquatic activities on the Derwent River and Queens Domain. Every year, competitors and spectators from around the world come to enjoy the competitions, musical performances, sideshows, rides, entertainers and water displays at the Regatta.

The Royal Hobart Regatta was first held in 1838 and has since been held annually over the second weekend in February from the Saturday through to the Monday. The Royal Australian Navy, Airforce and Army support to the Regatta and provide onlookers with helicopter demonstrations and Army and Navy Bands for entertainment.

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Royal Hobart Regatta Facts & Quotes

  • The Regatta hosts events in sailing, rowing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, woodchopping and power boating amongst others.
  • In 1962, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phiilip attended the Royal Hobart Regatta.
  • Orginally, in the early days, the Regatta was the idea of Governor Sir John and Lady Franklin who thought it would be nice to give the citizens of the city a event to relax and compete.
  • The Regatta has been held continuously since 1838. In 1967, it was cancelled when last minute bush fires caused disaster in the surrounding area but it was scheduled anyway.
  • The effect of sailing is produced by a judicious arrangement of the sails to the direction of the wind. - William Falconer, Scottish sailor and poet

Royal Hobart Regatta Top Events and Things to Do

  • Head on down to Hobart, Tasmania to enjoy the festivities first hand.
  • Sign up for a aquatic sporting event locally. The Regatta is home to many aquatic sporting events so if you can't make it to one at the Regatta, enjoy a swimming competition, sailing contest or woodchopping near you.
  • Spread awareness about the largest and oldest aquatic event in the Southern Hemisphere on social media by using hastags #royalhobartregatta, #hobart, #royalregatta and #hobarttasmania.
  • Watch a movie about aquatic sports. Some of our favourites: Blue Crush (2005), Point Break (2015), All is Lost (2013) and Against the Current (2009).
  • Gather with your friends for a BBQ and afternoon for aquatic sports. Getting and staying outdoors is one of the most common activities to do for the Regatta.

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