Following the very first Melbourne Regatta back on 30th August 1838, the Melbourne Regatta & Blessing of the Fleet has become an annual celebration of Melbourne's waterways, the contribution of seafarers to world trade and a tribute to those who immigrated to Melbourne by sea.
A day of fun, spectacle and pageantry, there will be plenty to see and do both on the water and onshore. Everyone is encouraged to come in old-fashioned dress or sea-faring costumes to add to the yesteryear atmosphere.
There will be plenty of boat related activity, including the opportunity for everyone to test their sea legs both on the free Victoria Harbour Ferry service running from 11.30am, a ticketed 2 and a half hour cruise aboard the Lady Cutler, or a 1-hour cruise on the Schooner Enterprize in the afternoon.
The day begins with the Sunday Market from 11am. Come enjoy a spot of shopping followed by morning tea or lunch at one of the many food stalls or local restaurants and cafes.
Following an official opening address by Melbourne's Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, the National Anthem will be sung and Father Bob Maguire will bless the fleet, choirs will sing - and then it's time to party.
Hear stories or enjoy a walking tour, learning more about Melbourne's rich waterway history in a truly interactive and stimulating environment that is sure to delight the entire family.
Heaps of live entertainment around the precinct will include a selection of global music such as reggae, calypso, blues, and a special guest appearance by Normie Rowe at 4pm.
The Melbourne Regatta is being held on Sunday 28th August 2016 from 11am to 5pm around the Central Pier – Victoria Harbour Promenade opposite Etihad Stadium. There is parking at Waterfront City (Harbour Town Shopping Centre) or you can catch the free city circle tram.