Royal Hobart Regatta a crowd-pleaser

THERE was something for everyone at the 177th Royal Hobart Regatta, which ran from the 7-9 February.

The Royal Australian Air Forces’ (RAAF) Roulettes put on another spectacular aerobatic show while the Navy Diving Team impressed revellers by jumping more than 10 metres from a Seahawk helicopter into the River Derwent.

“We had full military support on each of the three days and everyone just loved it,” regatta organiser Christine Lucas said.

The regatta hosted wood chopping, sailing and swimming, including the Trans Derwent Swim and Fin, and the Denis Mounie Trophy for the feature rowing eights race celebrated 100 years.

The sideshow and entertainment acts, including film showings and fashion parades also proved a hit, with live music drawing patrons to the dance floor.

The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Elise Archer MP, judged the regatta’s children’s pageant for ages two to 14 years.

“We really are very fortunate in Hobart to have such a family-orientated event to enjoy over the long weekend in February,” Ms Archer said.

“There is always something for everyone, and this year’s offering was no exception.”

Other events held during the regatta included a reception onboard the HMAS Sydney, which was berthed at Macquarie Wharf No 2 on one of its last visits before it is decommissioned, as well as a reception at Government House, which also celebrated Hobart Cup Week and the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

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