The Royal Hobart Regatta is a three-day event that runs over the weekend of the second Monday each February. The Monday is a public holiday for a large part of southern and eastern Tasmania.
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Note: South of Tasmania & including Oatlands and Swansea excluding Bronte Park, Catagunya, Strathgordon, Tarraleah, Wayatinah & West Coast.
The long weekend is packed with water events on the Derwent River and anyone can participate in the regatta either as a competitor or as a spectator.
- On the water are sailing, powerboat, jet ski, kayak and canoe events, plus a bi-annual sail past of wooden boats.
- In the water is 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 are RAAF displays, parachute jumps, fly-pasts by the Navy and Air Force and, at the end of Monday, a fireworks display.
The regatta’s long history began in 1838 to commemorate the discovery of Tasmania. Today sees around 40,000 visitors to the three-day event with the most visual excitement being the dance of sails of all sizes on boats as they skate along the waterways.
Spectators at the 2013 regatta witnessed the breaking of a Guinness World Record for the ‘largest simultaneous launch of canoes/kayaks’ with 308 craft being launched from Bellrive Beach for the 175th Royal Hobart Regatta.