ORGANISERS have hailed the 2016 Wrest Point Sandy Bay Regatta a resounding success, with more than 15,000 people attending the family-friendly event on Australia Day – the largest recorded crowd in more than 30-years.
Regatta Association chairman Robert Elliott said he was delighted with the turn out, praising the committee of volunteers for keeping the Regatta tradition alive since its inception in 1849.
“We had some great water events this year. The return of the power boats was a huge hit, as was the Corporate Outrigger Canoe Challenge,” he said.
“As well as providing a fun day out for families, we wanted to expose Tasmanians to water sports, and the children’s outrigger canoe race was a great success.
“We invited kids from the audience to jump in a couple of boats for a quick lesson and a race, and we were really pleased with the youngsters who put their hands up to participate.
“The City of Hobart citizenship ceremony was a key event on the day and we were, as always, delighted to be part of it.”
Mr Elliott said the regatta committee was fortunate to be supported by excellent partners including Wrest Point, MyState, National, Optus, City of Hobart, DJ Motors, the Hobart Observer and Cascade.
New committee members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining, visit the regatta website (www.sandybayregatta.com.au) for more information.