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The Royal Hobart Regatta is the largest aquatic event in the Southern Hemisphere, with 30,000 to 40,000 people enjoying the activities over 3 days and fantastic events to suit everyone. It is organised and conducted by volunteers, and free admission to the regatta continues today. The first Royal Hobart Regatta was held in 1838 - it was organised by Sir John Franklin to commemorate the discovery of Tasmania.

The Derwent River comes alive with sails, powerboats, rowers and pleasure craft.

Monday is "Peoples Day" packed with aquatic events, air displays, concerts and fireworks. The major aquatic events include Rowing, Trans Derwent Swim, Power Boats, Yachting and RAN helicopter rescue demonstrations. Other great activities include sideshows and rides, woodchopping, tug of war, volley ball demos and dance groups. Spectacular aerial displays include The RAAF Roulettes, Red Berets parachute team and Stan Tilley aerobatic display. And watch out for the Regatta Ambassador Quest and Junior Boy Girl Pageant, and finishing with the Australian Army Band, 1812 Overture and spectacular fireworks display.

Saturday is Regatta Ground Festival Day, featuring a fantastic array of exciting major rides, childrens' rides, jumping castles, side show games, food stalls - which run all weekend. The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania starts the Bruny Island Race in front of the Regatta, there is live music overlooking the Derwent River and jet skis putting on a show.

Sunday is Kids and family day - a great day for the kids and families - rides, competitions, treasure hunts, pirate shows, fishing and photo competitions, PCYC, Royal Life Saving and volley ball demonstrations, outrigger canoes rides and sea canoe demonstrations.

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