Activities - join in!

The Regatta involves lots of fun beach events to keep young and old entertained. A small entry for the events is charged except for the under 12 events.

2016 Program

These times are approxiamate and may change

View and print A4 program


Boat Judging:

Best Softdrink Can Boat

Best Beer Can Boat

Best Novelty Boat

Best Super Boat


City of Darwin


Channel 9

Territory Events Hire



Kids Running Races

Under 5

5 - 7 years

8 – 10 years

Over 10




KJS Entertainment

KJS Entertainment


Junior Kayak – Under 16


10:30 Sandcastle Competition KJS
10:45 Tug - of – War u12’s (8 max) Territory Event Hire
11:15 Tug - of – War u16’s (8 max) Thrifty
11:45 Softdrink Boat Race City Of Darwin
Also Fun craft activities on the beach with the Girl Guides 
NB Main events programme will include a Kid’s Thong Throw - time to be advised 
12:00 Adult Kayak NT Government
12:15 Men’s Tug of War (Heats)  
13:00 Iron Person Competition Rays
13:30 Women’s Tug of War (Heats)
14:15 Pete Davies Men’s Tug of War Final Mix 104.9
14:30 Pete Davies Women’s Tug of War Final Hot 100
15:00 Beer Can Boat Race Beachfront Hotel
15:15 Henley on Mindil XXXX Gold
15:45 Ladies Thong Throw Slappa’s Thongs
16:15 Mens Thong Throw Slappa’s Thongs
16:30 Battle of Mindil XXXX Gold
17:00 Presentations Combined Lions Clubs of Darwin

Battle of Mindil

The boat race where anything goes; flour bombs, water sprays etc. The boats sail around the course and have to find an object that has been hidden under water somewhere in the course. The winner is not always the finder of the object, as it can be “pirated” away from them. The winner is the team who gets the object back to the registration tent on the beach.

Soft Drink Can Boat Race

If you and your friends think you have the stomach to drink enough soft drink to build a boat out of cans, then this is your race. Great for Schools

Beer Can Boat Race (Crew of 4)

This event tests your boat building and racing abilities on the water. How well can 4 people come together to master the rough seas in a can boat!


Henley on Mindil

So you built the boat for water but it didn’t float. Don’t despair, as this is the race for you. How fast can you and your mates carry a Henley boat in a straight line in a race down the beach? This is a very keenly fought race.

Iron Person Competition

Both iron man and iron women competitions.

Pete Davies Tug-of-War Competitions

Held on the beach throughout the day. Each team consists of eight people with competitions for adults and children.

Pete Davies was a Radio Broadcaster on FM Mix104.9. In his program 360 with Pete Davies he was a great friend and supporter of the Beer Can Regatta. For this and many other good causes he is commemorated with his name on these competitions.

Kids Sand Castle Competition

   The best kids sand castle. Looking for creative effort on this one.

Kids Beach Races

   Held each year for the kids to see who’s the fastest on the sand.

Ladies & Mens Thong Throwing Competition

Just how much practice have you had through the year to compete in this competition will decide whether you end up a finalist. These are the thongs you wear on your feet by the way, not the other kind.