Royal Hobart Regatta
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|Royal Hobart Regatta|
|Also called||'The Regatta'|
|Observed by||Southern Tasmania|
|Type||Southern public holiday|
|Celebrations||maritime regatta, racing, competitions, military displays|
|Date||three days, ending on the second Monday in February|
The Royal Hobart Regatta began in 1838, is a series of aquatic competitions and displays held annually in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and is Tasmania's oldest sporting event. The regatta runs for three days, ending on the second Monday in February, and dominates the whole river for the duration of the event.
It was begun by the then Governor of Tasmania, Sir John Franklin. Franklin provided free food and beer for all of the spectators, and the tradition of free entry continues to this day. The Monday was declared as a public holiday by the governor, and is now the oldest public holiday still continuing in Australia.
The regatta is held in grounds known as the "Regatta Ground" at the Queens Domain along the western side of the River Derwent. The grounds are now dominated by the Hobart Cenotaph, a war memorial to Tasmania's war dead.
It is normally well attended by public and competitors and is usually well supported by the Royal Australian Navy, which sends a warship to be a flagship for the regatta, and sometimes the Royal Australian Air Force, who provide fly-pasts with military aircraft. Often the RAAF Roulettes will do aerobatic performances. The Australian Army's elite Red Beret parachute regiment provides sky diving displays.
The events includes sailing, rowing, open water swimming, wood chopping, jet ski racing, dragon boat racing, a tug of war and a trans-Derwent swim across the 1.6 km width of the river. There is also a Miss Regatta girl competition, and the Regatta always has an official attendance ceremony by the Governor.
In 2013, the Regatta celebrated 175 years of the event.
- "Royal Hobart Regatta:175 years". LINC Tasmania. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "175th Royal Hobart Regatta underway on the River Derwent". Sail World. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
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