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History

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26 January 2014

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The first Sandy Bay Regatta was held on Australia Day 1849 at Dunkley’s Point which is now the home of Wrest Point in Sandy Bay. The attached cutting from the Courier newspaper printed in Hobart on 3 January 1849 vividly describes Sandy Bay’s first annual regatta from the weather which was “most auspicious”, the sailing and four oared whale-boat races where the personalities of the day sought “relief from pedestrian exercise”, and even the road “conveying parties to the scene of enjoyment”!

The 1849 Courier article illustrates that the success of today’s Regatta is largely due to the fact that it has gone back to its roots with competitive water events that can be easily viewed by the public, blended with wholesome and fun family activities. Read on to see how the 1849 Sandy Bay Regatta was full of “merry making” and how the seventh race was the “most amusing sport of the day”.

To read the news report of the very first Sandy Bay Regatta in the Hobart Courier, Wednesday, January 3, 1849 click here.

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