More news from Tasmania

Monday saw the racing action move from the Wooden Boat Festival to the Royal Hobart Regatta a mile or so north of the harbour.

The crews rowed their boats around to the Hobart Showgrounds past HMAS Sydney which should have been positioned as the guardship for the regatta. Unfortunately, some unfortunate RAN sailor got something wrong, and her 2½ ton anchor detached from the chain and was sitting at the bottom of the harbour.
Wee Tawera passes HMAS Sydney

Swan from Cygnet racing down the course

Between the long distance swimming and sliding seat rowing events, the St Ayles exhibition races over 250m saw some close competition between the crews; Franklin and the Kiwis dominating a very close five skiff final race with the Kiwis taking the line by a small margin.
The Kiwis collect their Medals
Later, four of the skiffs departed on the Reverse Raid to row the 50 odd miles back to Franklin over three days, some of which will be under tow.

Alec J

Photos courtesy of Hans Sipsma

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