“Sandy Bay Regatta is one of the longest running regattas in the world, having commenced in 1849. Like many regattas, it came from working sea-farers testing their skills against their mates. Sports like sailing and rowing became the main draw-cards for the public.”

Nowadays, it is a major Australia Day celebration in Hobart. As well as hosting the city’s Citizenship Ceremony, the regatta is a mix of activities on the water, the beach and the grass.

We had a fun day watching tug of war, dragon boats races, boot throwing competition, kayak races, sailing, kids surf life-saving club activities, paddle boarding and a wind surf dash.

Water polo was a new addition to the programme this year and proved to be very popular.

There was an array of food vans, live music, kid’s games. A fun day for all the family. The endless variety of a regatta.

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