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  • Volunteer for the 2021 Regatta

    Please note that due to COVID-19 special social distancing provisions and instructions will apply. These will be provided to all volunteers, participants and organisers once they are finalised. In addition they will be made publically available to people who would like to come to the regatta.
    Event, registration and starting details presently shown in the website are those for a typical year and may be modified closer to the event to align with COVID-19 restrictions and precautionary guidelines in place at the time of the event.

    Benefits of Being a Volunteer

    • Making a Difference to community and enjoyment of the Regatta event
    • Contributing to the smooth operations of the Regatta
    • Being involved in a great team, socialising and having fun with friends and other volunteers
    • Gaining experience – looks great on your CV
    • Gaining Knowledge and learning new skills

    Volunteer Roles and Tasks

    • Public Safety and Communications
    • Event Operations
    • Aquatic Operations
    • Event Parking and Traffic Control
    • Event Administration

    Public Safety and Communications

    Assist with ensuring Public Safety of the event, entry and exit of emergency services, and hazard checking and reporting. Prevent unauthorised entry to grandstand, take directions from Regatta’s Public Safety Officer.

    Event operations

    Setting up marques and ground facilities, manning the information booth, cleaning and maintenance of bins and toilets, keeping the ground clear of rubbish, signage, packing up marques and facilities at the end of each day and end of the event.

    Aquatic Operations

    Setting up course flags, assist with aquatic events, launch and operate the Regatta dinghy, Place buoys and other on-water safety equipment, and undertake directions from race officials.

    Event Parking and Traffic Control

    Assist with Regatta car parking, traffic control of parking area, taking direction from parking supervisors andRegatta Safety Staff.

    Event Administration

    Assisting the Volunteer coordinator with providing volunteers with support, maintaining volunteer breakout room, monitoring unauthorised access to volunteer facilities, assist event coordinator with various tasks, assisting with Regatta Ambassador Program, help pack up event office at end of Regatta.

    Maintenance and organisational activities throughout the year

    The committee and Friends of the Royal Hobart Regatta work throughout the year to ensure the success of the Regatta the following year.

    The Regatta is managed and run entirely by volunteers and we can achieve a lot through the year in partnership with the Hobart City Council and many honourary officers and volunteers who give freely of their time.

    Shown below are two projects that need a considerable amount of work on a regular basis – on the left, we are progessively working on this area – to ultimately turn this section of foreshore back into a beach for launching small craft, on the right is the concrete rowing ways which need some significant upgrading from time to time. Saturday mornings from 9:30 you will usually find some Friends and committees members at work around the Regatta venue.

    Foreshore Maintenance

    To apply to be a Friend of the Royal Hobart Regatta, click on this link to print out the application form, and return it to us. You will see there are many ways that you can get involved including:

    • Maintenance – Participate in working bees,eg. regular maintenance, painting, polishing trophies, repairs gardening, foreshore and jetty maintenance, cleaning, cleanups etc
    • Volunteering at the Regatta – Undertaking duties on the three days of the Regatta, also setup and clean-up
    • History and archiving – Work on the history of the Regatta – displays, photo collections, booklets
    • Administration – Secretarial, book keeping
    • Grounds Management – Managing the placement and power connections of the rides, food vans etc
    • Management and Business – Working on strategic, business plan and management of the Regatta
    • Sponsorship – Approaching companies for corporate sponsorship
    • Working on a particular Regatta event – please nominate eg. Yachting
    • Dinghy Building and Resporation Centre – getting involved

    Your contribution will make a real difference to the patrons of the next Royal Hobart Regatta.

  • 175th Royal Hobart Regatta

    175th Royal Hobart Regatta, 9-11 February 2013 Queens Domain Hobart and Derwent River

    The 175th Royal Hobart Regatta will see three days of fantastic continuous activity on the Derwent River and Queens Domain. All of our events organisers are planning something special for the 175th and we are bringing back some of our traditional features such as the Greasy Pole Tug of War and Wooden Dinghy racing.

    Guinness World Record attempt

    Our Tasmanian kayakers and canoeists are trying for a Guiness World Record for the most number of kayaks and canoes launched simultaneously. The launch of over 300 kayaks and canoes will happen at Bellerive Beach on Saturday 9th February 2013 at 10am, they will paddle to a start line in front of the Regatta, race towrads the Tasman Bridge and then return to finish in front of the Regatta.

    Rowing feature program

    Rowing Tasmania will feature races with traditional wooden rowing shells as well as a corporate challenge on Saturday from 7:45am. Monday will feature a full program of racing culminating in the handicap eights with up to 20 crews.

    The Royal Hobart Regatta has joined forces with the Australian Wooden Boat Festival to showcase three feature events including:

    Sailpast of wooden boats and tall ships on afternoon of Friday 8 February 2013

    Wooden dinghy race from Royal Hobart Regatta to Australian Wooden Boat Festival 11:15am Saturday 9 February 2013

    Classic wooden speedboat race from Royal Hobart Regatta to Australian Wooden Boat Festival at 11am Monday 11 February 2013, following a display of the speedboats at the Regatta foreshore from 10am.

    Sailing spectacular

    The yachting program starts with the keelboat fleet starting the Bruny Island Race in front of the Regatta Ground at 9:30am on Saturday.

    Peoples Day on Monday will bring the keelboat fleet out again on a course that keep the combined clubs fleet within sight of the Regatta Ground and within the same part of the Derwent the smaller yachts will also be racing – to give Regatta patrons a great spectacle of sail.

    At 5pm in the evening on Monday, the Geilston bay Boat Club will run a twilight keelboat race starting at the Regatta Ground.

    Power Boats action

    The power boats program has been moved to Sunday morning to allow an earlier start and enable Tasmanias fastest oats to compete, many of the come from the North of the state.

    If you like speed, spectacular action of the noise of high powered motors, get to the Regatta Ground early on Sunday.

    There’s something for everyone at the 175th Royal Hobart Regatta.

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