Darwin’s Mindil Beach is the home of the Lion’s Beer Can Regatta. The main event is a boat race where all the boats are made from empty beer or soft drink cans. The challenge is to sail around the course, find the object hidden under water and bring it back to the tent on the beach.
Easy! Well think again there are literally no rules. Boats need to be prepared to be bombed with flour, water cannons and the chance their boat may sink. There are no rules in the book to say the treasure cannot be stolen once found. So BEWARE OF PIRATES.
The Regatta has been run annually since 1974 and in 1978 The Combined Lions Clubs of Darwin accepted the challenge of running the event.
For a gold coin donation you can all participate in many activities such as tug of war and sand castle competitions, best novelty hat, beach running races, paddle board races, ironman and iron women races and my favourite the Thong Throwing Competition.
In 2014 Slappa’s Thongs became the major sponsor of both the Men’s and Women’s Thong Throwing Competition which even saw Bondi Vet and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! host Dr Chris Brown having a go at throwing Slappa’s Thongs.
This year’s event will be held on Sunday 12th July at Mindil Beach from 10am to 5pm. Mindil Beach Sunset Markets food and craft stalls will be trading all day. Entrance is by a gold coin donation.
Proceeds this year go to HPA Disability Services – Helping People Achieve.
Bar facilities are available, so no BYO alcohol is allowed.
For more details visit: www.beercanregatta.org.au
There’s no other event like it so, Slip, Slop, Slap and come along!
COME ON! Darwin Darwin Darwin Oi Oi Oi here we go, here we go, here we go, and here we GO to Darwin for the Davis Cup 2015!
The Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles and Sport and Recreation Minister Gary Higgins were joined by Tennis Australia’s Todd Woodbridge to make the historic announcement in Darwin.
“This is huge for the Territory and great news for local tennis fans, Mr Giles said.
“We have worked hard to secure one of the world’s most widely watched and highly anticipated sporting events and I’m confident there will be a huge turnout at Marrara for some first-class tennis.”
Wow! I am so excited about hearing the Davis Cup is coming to Darwin in July. A big fan of tennis I was lucky enough to get tickets and see the Aussies win the Davis Cup against Spain at Rod Laver Arena in 2003 it is one of the most exciting sporting events I have seen and I have my tickets to go see the Aussies play Kazakhstan.
A purpose built grass stadium court and two practice courts are looking fantastic for the July 17-19 tie and the Aussie’s have said that they are very excited to be playing in Darwin and this will give us the best chance to progress to the semi finals.
So why wouldn’t they be excited about playing in Darwin? We all know Darwin is the best place to be in winter as the weather is perfect, the lifestyle is great and you get to wear your shorts and thongs everyday! Plus Northern Territorians just love our sport and dressing up for an event like the Tennis is easy, it just comes naturally.
The Aussie’s are looking to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2006 in Darwin, Australia’s squad will consist of Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Sam Groth and veteran Lleyton Hewitt. Such great talent to choose from and possibly the best squad produced for Davis Cup since 2006 or even 2003.
“This major international event will showcase our great sporting facilities, highlight our fantastic outdoor lifestyle and promote the Territory as a great tourism destination.”