11 February, 2017
The Yarra River, Hawthorn.

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Inflatable Regatta 2017 was our biggest yet
with over 1700 paddlers!


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Can’t wait for 2018!

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Practicalities are important.

Please have a look through the topics below.
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How much does it cost?
$60 for a single boat, $110 for a two person. That includes everything you need for the trip. Read Ticket Info

Can I bring my own boat?
Nope. The boats have to be up to Australian standards and we can’t check everyone that brings their own boat. We’ve done that background work for you.

How long does it take?
About 2 hours to travel 2 kms down the river. That’s if you’re paddling every now and again.

What time does it start?
The first boats launch soon after 9:00 AM.
When you buy your ticket choose a time best for you.

What should I bring?
x. Your ticket (on your phone or printed out so we can scan you in)
x. Some money for drinks or food after
x. Mobile phone for photos of you and friends (ones you make on the day or ones you already have)
x. Shoes that can get wet.

I have to wear a life jacket?
Yeah. Insurance and Marine Safety Victoria say so. It’s not so bad. You’ll look good.

By myself or float with friends?
You can do it solo or in a two person boat. When we’ve done it in the past the two person boats can be snug, so pair up with someone you’re comfortable with. On the river it’s very social. You can float up to people and chat. Sound travels quite well on the water.

What shouldn’t I bring?
Alcohol or anything too bulky. You can’t take alcohol in the river and there’s not much space on the boats.

The name says “Regatta” – does that mean it’s a race?
No. It’s in the name from when we started the event years ago.

What should I wear?
Something comfortable and something warm enough. On the river it’s a little cooler that on land.

Can I BYO booze for the river?
Nope. Marine Safety Victoria are pretty clear about this one and the insurance won’t cover us if we do. There will be drinks at the end.

How do I get there?
Get the train (to Hawthorn station), or the number 75 tram. There’s not much parking at Yarra Bank Reserve so if you must drive get someone to drop you off.

What if I fall in?!
Downunder Rescue will be there to fish you out. They usually rescue speed boat drivers but take time out to help us all at Inflatable Regatta.

How many people are going?
About 1800 people can participate (heaps!), there will be Inflatable Regatta staff and spectators.

Do I have to go to the end or can we get out anytime?
There aren’t any comfortable places to get out of the boat until you get to the end. If you really need to, yes you can of course, but let one of the Inflatable Regatta people know so we can tick you off the list.

How old do I have to be?
If you’re 12 years or older, welcome aboard!
Sorry if you’re under 12. We asked our insurers about you but they said no.


single-boat-illoSingle Boats
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Tickets include everything you’ll need for the trip:
Your boat (yours to keep if you want)
A set of oars
A life jacket (one each if you booked a double)
Bottled water
A bailer, to get any water out of the boat if it gets in
A bag for rubbish (if you have any or find any floating in the river)
Small waterproof bag to hold your valuables

Read the waiver / terms and conditions here.

Volunteers Make It Happen!

Over 130 volunteers made Inflatable Regatta 2017 a success

Would you like to be part of 2018?

Volunteers are integral to the event. You’ll get a voucher for lunch (or dinner), an option to float down the river and a crew of other pragmatic vollies around you.

Register your interest here.

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