What the F*ck is Beer Can Regatta?
Making ships from beer cans and racing them (the regatta part). Well why not?
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In its’ 39th year, the Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta has made a commitment to providing $30,000 toward the NT Community in 2012.
THERE were cheers of elation and relief when 2.5 tonne colossus Extravacanz proved her seaworthiness ahead of her racing debut.
The 30,000 Beer can double-hull catamaran will be sure to make an impression when it appears at today's 2012 Beer Can Regatta at Mindil Beach in Darwin Australia.
In front of eager onlookers, Extravacanz was launched at Dinah Beach and did what it was supposed to - it floated.
Relieved skipper Mick Keely said he was never concerned about her ability to float.
But Mr Keely was glad the hard work was over.
"It's like a big relief," he said. "It's like now I can sit down and have a rest after six months (of work)."
Mr Keely said he hoped his impressive vessel would serve as an inspiration to those looking toward next year's Regatta, to aim higher and bring back the big boats.
"I think they'll just look and be in awe of what we've created," he said.
"I want them to look at it and say: 'That's what we're gonna do next year'."
The monster has a built-in cooler for 1080 cans of beer.
History of Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta
The Beer Can Regatta has run for 35 years since 1974 and the Combined Lions Clubs of Darwin have been promoting the event for most of this time. Funds generated during the day are donated to various charities in the Darwin region each year.
The main boat races are between boats built out of beer or soft drink cans. The Beer Can Regatta is very much family day out for locals and is rapidly becoming a spectacular for the tourists to Darwin who line Mindil Beach cheering as the home made boats of cans wallow, flounder and sink. The fleet includes all kinds of boats; sometimes fitted with fire hoses and top secret "weaponry".
The Darwin Beer Can Regatta is commonly believed to have started as an unusual by-product of the devastation caused to Darwin by Cyclone Tracy in December 1974.