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The Royal Hobart Regatta is a series of aquatic competitions and display held annually in Hobart, Tasmania and Australia. The Regatta is a three-day event, ending on the second Monday in February. The Monday was declared as a public holiday by the governor. The Regatta is Tasmania’s oldest sporting event and also oldest public holiday in Australia.
The long weekend is packed with continuous water activity on the Derwent River, Queens Domain and the skies above. Several method for you to participate in the regatta either as a competitor or as a spectator.
On the water
Sailing, powerboat, jet ski, kayak and canoe events, plus a bi-annual sail past of wooden boats.
In the water
The Trans Derwent Swim, a 1.8 km swim from Montagu to the Regatta Grounds.
Beside the water is
A stage and grandstand for continuous entertainment and a concert; plus the regatta includes log chops, sideshows, the Greasy Pole, a tug-of-war and lots more.
Above the water (sky)
RAAF displays, parachute jumps, fly-pasts by the Navy and Air Force and, at the end of Monday, a fireworks display.
The Royal Hobart Regatta has been staged annually, and without a break (apart from 1967 when the disastrous bush fires caused its last minute cancellation) since 1838 and remains the largest aquatic carnival in the Southern Hemisphere.
When the Regatta was first held in 1838, it was arranged by Governor Sir John and Lady Franklin as a form of relaxation and competition for the citizens of Hobart. Aquatic events were organized and crews of visiting ships entered to compete with the Hobartians. On-shore activities became popular with patrons as well and the whole gathering took on a carnival atmosphere.