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Sunday Territorian 15 May 2011



Sunday Territorian 15 May 2011


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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday Territorian, Sunday, May 15, 2011 27 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 5 -M A Y -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 2 7 C O L O R : C M Y K sundayterritorian.com.au THE ARCHIVIST: UNCOVERING TERRITORY HISTORY SUNDAY 1974: OZ TOP 10 SINGLES 1 My Coo Ca Choo Alvin Stardust 2 Billy Dont Be aHero Paper Lace 3 Evie (Part I) StevieWright 4 TheNight Chicago Died Paper Lace 5 Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks 6 Farewell Aunty Jack Grahame Bond 7 Cant StopMyself From Loving You William Shakespeare 8 LeaveMeAlone (Ruby RedDress) Helen Reddy 9 BallroomBlitz The Sweet 10 I Love You, I Honestly Love You Olivia Newton-John SOURCE:www.australianmusichistory.com 1974:WHATROCKED THEWORLD Feb USA After 84 days in orbit, Skylab 4 returns to Earth Feb Egypt A soccer stampede occurs in Cairo, killing 49 Mar USA Peoplemagazines first issue released Mar China Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang discovered at Xian Apr UK ABBAwin the Eurovision Song Contest withWaterloo Jul GermanyWest Germ beats Netherlands towin FIFAWorld Cup Aug USA President Richard Nixon resigns afterWatergate Oct Zaire The Rumble in the Jungle Ali beats Foreman Oct Ethiopia Lucy, skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis found Dec AUS Darwin almost completely destroyed by Cyclone Tracy SOURCE: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1974 1974 Darwins sportinggift to theworld ARGYBARGY Do you remember the first Beer Can Regatta in Darwin? TELLUSYOURSTORY sunday@ntnews.com.au By MEAGAN DILLON 1974WINNERS Class 1 Darwin Power Boat Club Class 2 Nowinner Class 3 J. Berryman Class 4 Anthony Bannister The Northern Territory News reports ahead of the first Beer Can Regatta in 1974 DARWIN has had one sporting claim to fame in its 100-year history: it introduced beer can boat racing to the world. But the phenomenon didnt make it out of Darwin Harbour. The date was June 16, 1974, and the idea was to get the biggest beer drinkers in the world to bind their empties together to make a boat. It was logical, too. Sydney has its bathtub derby, Mason Beach has its nude olympics and Central Australia has its bottomless boat regatta. The Northern Territory News reported more than 60,000 stubby cans were used to construct the boats and the beer wasnt poured down the drain. In the inaugural race there were four classes, including powered and unpowered boats, high school students and primary school children. But it was the unpowered boats class that attracted more than half the entrants. Classes three and four had seven entries each. The Beer Can Regatta was the brainchild of Lutz Frankenfeld, who said one of the biggest problems was sealing the hole at the opening of the beer can. His advice was to get two cans and attach them using silicone glue so their openings were facing each other, a technique that has most likely been improved upon since. Mr Frankenfeld warned yachtsmen in the powered class that vibrations from the motor could cause the cans to crack. Theres not a lot of stability, he said. But when you move (50km/h) it feels like youre on a rocket. He said the beer-can model just skims across the water. But all that preparation couldnt prepare Darwinites for the regatta. More than 10,000 people packed Vesteys Beach to watch the race. The Northern Territory News reported beer boats milling around, not moving, or going backwards with oars and ramshackle sails flailing. Boats were abandoned, but there was a winner in every class except the unpowered. Instead, competitors drank more beer.