The 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. So sports like sailing and rowing became the main draw-cards for the public.
Nowadays the Sandy Bay Regatta is one of the major celebrations of Australia Day in Hobart, hosting the City of Hobart Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony in conjunction with the City of Hobart.
Today’s Wrest Point Sandy Bay Regatta is centred on a mix of events and activities on the water, beach and land and still honours the traditions of the community regattas of old. On the water the heritage events of sailing and rowing now include a Nippers life saving carnival where members of the public can join in some of the activities, a kayak challenge and a windsurfing race.
Field activities include family oriented sideshows, traditional games such as tug “o” war, sack races, Life Be In It activities, the scavenger hunt and the pie eating competition. One of the most popular field events has always been the Miss Regatta Girl Competition (Fashions in the Field), and today’s event is no exception.
What has been particularly pleasing for the Committee over recent years has been the overwhelmingly positive feedback received from event participants and the general public. With crowds estimated to be somewhere up to 10,000 or more it is a great day for all.
Come and have some healthy family fun. See you at the 2018 Wrest Point Sandy Bay Regatta!