Saturday, 21 August 2010

Henley-On-Todd Regatta - Alice Springs

We timed our visit to Alice Springs to coincide with this iconic event and were very pleased that we did. The event began 49 years ago and apparently gets better every year. We certainly enjoyed our day which began with the parade of the ships down the main street and then proceeded down to the Todd River which of course has no water. We settled in to the grandstand to enjoy the events which began with BYO boat followed by Sand Shovelling, Surf Rescue, Oxford Tubs, Sand Skis, Bath Tub Derby, Boogie Board, Beach Sprints, Mini Yachts, Cycling Tour d’Todd, Kayak, Rowing, Tug of War and then the major battle of the boats which are our photos today.
All of this is conducted in a dry river bed and the ingenuity in presenting surf rescue and cycling is amazing and really has to be seen to be believed.
The battle of the boats which involved a navy boat, the Vikings and the Buccaneers involved some very fast driving, lots of water and flour bombs, which everyone enjoyed.
Prior to the final battle one of the Vikings proposed to his girlfriend which was very touching and we also had a streaker so there was something for everyone (well the girls at least)!!!

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