About This Festival
Regatta, it's about what floats your boat. Each year enterprising contestants handcraft boats out of recycled beer cans and take to the seas. Half of the fun involves watching some hopeful designs hit the water and come completely undone before the race has even started. The Darwin Beer Can Regatta highlights the spirit of gathering, drinking, and creativity on this Western outpost of Australia. That's not to say that people don't put work into their beer can boats, many of which are, in fact, seaworthy, representing several months of meticulous beer drinking and "can-struction," one beer at a time.
From Trash to Splash Since 1974
The first Beer Can Regatta started innocently enough as the brainchild of Lutz Frankenfeld and Paul Rice-Chapman, both of whom were members of the Darwin Regional Tourism Promotion Association. At the time, Paul had a deal with Swan Breweries to stage a festival based on water activities, and was investigating the idea of building rafts out of empty beer cans. Lutz took this idea a step further and added an outboard motor
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