Set sail for the 52nd Henley-On-Todd Regatta

Saturday August 17 is the date to set aside in your calendar this year.

The iconic Henley-On-Todd Regatta, NT, is the only boat race in the world that is cancelled if there is water. In custom-designed bottomless boats, contestants run, scramble and stumble their way through river sand in a variety of traditionally inspired, but novel events. There’s the Bath Tub Derby, the Oxford Tubs, Sand Skis, Mini and Maxi yachts, the Boogie Board race and Sand Shoveling, as well as Best Dressed on the Day for those who take time and effort to get in the spirit. The grand finale is a spectacle of 4WD-powered Battleboats called Viking, HMAS Courage and Nauteus.

The Henley-On-Todd Regatta is the major fundraiser for three Rotary clubs in Alice Springs. It is also an important source of income for a range of charities and non-profit organisations who sell food and drinks to the hungry and thirsty crowd. 

Planning is an all year round task so:  

Why not create a Rotary challenge between the clubs in your District? 

We issue this challenge to all Rotary clubs but in particular to those in Districts 9500 and 9520: get a crew together, visit the Alice and take part in the 52nd Henley-on-Todd Regatta.

Picture the scene; A 140-metre course on a dry, sandy river bed, lined by river red gum trees and surrounded by the majestic MacDonnell Ranges.

Rotarians can register online at

Click on ‘REGISTRATION’ come along and support Rotary helping Rotary.      


VIP private ringside area - $80 includes five-hour food and drink package             

Spectator Hill - $15 includes competition fee

Everyone can enter any event.

Come Sail with Us in Alice Springs – the centre of Australia. Who says you need water for a boat race anyway?