Introduction: Henley on Todd Regatta is an annual boat race held in Alice Spring of Australia. It is a dry river regatta and the only one in the world. In fact whenever the river is full due to rains or floods, the event is cancelled. The boat race is hence held on the dry sands of the river. Boats are constructed from metal frames. Teams of rovers participate in the races on the hot sand. Wash tubs, big mouse wheels and trucks modified as boats are used in the event. Pseudo battles with water cannon and flour bombs are played with spectators watching them.
An annual event held at the Todd River of Alice Springs, Australia, Henley on Todd Regatta is the event of spring time in Australia celebrated usually in September. This year however, the event is scheduled to be held on 16th August 2015.
Reg Smith from the Alice Springs Meteorological Bureau is supposed to have come up with the idea of this event. He drew inspiration from the famous Henley Royal Regatta held in Thames, England and the idea was adopted by the Alice Springs Rotary Club. They created this funny event on river Todd that was named after Lady Alice Todd by the then surveyor W.W. Mills. She was the wife of Sir Charles Todd, the then postmaster general of the place and the driving force for laying a telegraph line between Port Augusta and Darwin. It was during this time that Alice Springs was discovered.
The major sponsor of the event this year is Assa Abloy, a company that provides door opening solutions. The parade is slated to start at 10.30 am on the Todd Street and culminates at the river. The races start at 11.45 am and anybody is allowed to participate in these boat races. Participants can register on the day of the event. There is a Bring Your Own (BYO) boat option that requires that it accommodates the crew members comfortably. Further, the boat must not have sharp edges and must be as light as possible constructed from metal pipes.