This Australian Festival Is Dedicated To The Very Best Of Beer Can Boating

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This Australian Festival Is Dedicated To The Very Best Of Beer Can Boating

Established in 1974, Darwin's Beer Can Regatta is a build-your-own-boat race competition unlike any other.

Invented as a way to recycle the ever-growing population of empty beer cans laying around Australia, the BCR festival has grown into a well-attended festival that raises large sums of money for charity.

The rules? Simple. Build a boat from beer cans and enter it in a competition. Obviously, the watercraft must be deemed safe by the Committee. But otherwise, the sky's the limit when it comes to creative boating styles.

"The current BCR is a family event that treasures the creativity of boat builders," explains the organizers, "and the unruliness of the boat crews in the search for beer can regatta victories."

BCR is a creative way to have fun and do good. The festival places a heavy emphases on recycling (clearly) and keeping Mindil Beach tidy during and after the festivities. Plus, since the advent of this beer can madness, BCR has raised over $1.5 million for various charities.

Want to bring the kids? It's not all about beer. BCR also offers a soda can boat race for it's younger attendees.

The Ten Can-mandments of BCR

  1. Thou shalt enter the event in the right spirit.
  2. Thou shalt build the craft of cans.
  3. The craft shall float by cans alone.
  4. Thou shalt not drown.
  5. Thou shalt not take the name of the craft in vain: any craft bearing signs or lettering that may be offensive will be barred.
  6. Thou shalt not drift from the straight and narrow and end up at Mandorah.
  7. Thou shalt not protest too much.
  8. Thou shall honor thy Committee.
  9. Thou shalt not commit adultery – nothing really to do with the Regatta, but it gives us an air of responsibility and respect.
  10. Thou shalt go back and read the first can-mandment again.

Via 9 News Darwin

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