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21° & CLOUDY ON THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER IN MELBOURNE
By Imogen Baker
October 22, 2019
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Inflatable Regatta 2020

Float down the Yarra or the Maribyrnong on a blow-up boat with 1999 others.
By Imogen Baker
October 22, 2019
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Now here's a good way to make an entrance to a party: float on in with a crew of 2000 boats. That's exactly what the Inflatable Regatta is all about. Two-thousands blow-up boats will float for two kilometres down the Yarra on Saturday, February 1 then down the Maribyrnong on Saturday, February 29. Solo or with a mate, you'll paddle down the river for about two hours before reaching the destination party.

Should you make it to the end, beers, food trucks and live music will be waiting for you (after all, what's a regatta without a cold bev afterwards?). You can't load your boat with beer, though —  you may actually sink your vessel — and you can't BYO vessel, either.

Tickets cost $67 and include a life jacket and a waterproof bag for your stuff. Boats launch from 10am at Yarra Bank Reserve in Hawthorn (on Feb 1) and Footscray Rowing Club (Feb 29) — you can choose your launch time when you book.

While the Inflatable Regatta has floated into Melbourne before — three times in fact — this is the first time it'll be taking over two whole rivers. If you're a keen bean, you could even sign up for both of them. Tickets are now on sale.

Images: Eugene Hyland

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