The 2010 Assa Abloy Henley-On-Todd Regatta has been hailed a great success by
the Rotary Clubs of Alice Springs organising Board. With over 3,500 people
clambering through the gates to experience the world famous Regatta, this year
has seen another successful regatta come of age with the crossing of the river
by a streaker and the celebration of a 30th birthday party in a private marquee.
Competitor numbers were up with 500 taking part in the fun and games. The
popular BYO boat entries raced their own boats and included teams from various
local business, backpackers, interstaters, communities and sporting clubs. The
winners, in fine style, were the bright and energetic team from CD Pirates. The
standard of the BYO boat presentation this year was impressive with a lot of
effort and creativeness in the finished results!
Event Commodore Ron Saint, from Rotary, is delighted with the day. 'It was
just a fantastic day. The weather was perfect with everyone I spoke to having a
fantastic time. We had many people come to the Alice just for the Assa Abloy
Henley-On-Todd Regatta' from around Australia and Overseas - even a rower from
the Henley-on-Thames competed in our event. The Navy contingent also had a great
Chief Petty Officer Tony Thomas said 'This has been a great trip for us. We
have interacted with the locals and the Henley-On-Todd Regatta has really been a
highlight. We really look forward to a continuing association in 2011 for the
50th year of Henley-on-Todd.'
The event finale, 'The Imparja Battle Boat Spectacular' is always a crowd
pleaser with the Vikings, Pirates and Navy taking to the high seas in the
colourful and exploding finish. The 'Vikings' fought gallantly with water bombs
and cannon fire against the Navy boat 'HMAS Courage' who performed admirably but
the crowd favourite was the 'Nauteus' as the overall winners. The captain of the Naueteus deployed questionable tactics by gaining crowd attention when he
proposed to his wench in the middle of the Battle Arena prior to the
commencement of the Battle.