That’s right guys, the Todd is a dry river bed, no water. “BUT HOW DO YOU HAVE A BOAT RACE?” I hear you ask. Well, there’s nothing that a little bit of arts and crafts and a lot of creativity can’t solve! Oh yeah, they MacGyver’d that problem.
Obviously this is a joke at the expense of the world renowned Henley-on-Thames Regatta that takes place each June in the UK. The Henley-on-Todd occurs each spring (Aug/Sept) and, okay we may have exaggerated when saying that spectators flock from around the globe, but it’s still a pretty decent event in Outback Australia! The sandy bed of the Todd floods with (floods… you see what we did there?) metals frames and bottomed out bath tubs (“boats”) as people (“rowers”) carry them running down length of the course.
Let us just reiterate that this is a real thing. The event is accompanied by a parade of cars dressed as boats and is a truly remarkable event. Here, in the middle of the Australian Outback, in the middle of the desert, a boat race takes every year. Truly an incredible event.
The Henley-on-Todd occurs every spring in Alice Springs. Visit www.henleyontodd.com.au if you don’t believe us!