Oarsome Alice Springs

As luck would have it, we arrived in Alice Springs just in time for the town’s famous sailing and rowing regatta – the Henley-on-Todd.

It’s the world’s only dry boat race – held on the Todd river bed.

What began as a piss take (satire) in the 1960s of the famous Henley-on-Thames race between Cambridge and Oxford Universities, has been embraced by Rotary International as an annual fundraiser.

We arrived at the tail end of the street parade – to the site of a viking ship, a pirate ship, and plenty of bottomless Flinstone-style boats.

The races were insanely crowded, so we opted for a spot under a gum tree to people watch instead.
That was a spectacle in itself.boat6

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