Beach day

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

AROUND 2000 peo­ple lapped up the ac­tiv­i­ties at Car­ni­vale Beach Day on Satur­day.

With the weather clear, a calm ocean and a per­fect tide on Four Mile Beach the beach day proved to be spec­tac­u­lar.

Beach­go­ers of all ages and na­tion­al­i­ties showed up through­out the day, with holis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties kick­ing off at 6am on a pos­i­tive and re­lax­ing note with med­i­ta­tion, yoga and tai chi to re­vive and en­rich the soul.

The fa­mous sand­cas­tle build­ing com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted over 30 en­tries with the win­ners ‘The Num­ber 57’s’ cre­at­ing an amaz­ing di­nousaur ex­oskele­ton.

There were also mar­ket stalls, pony rides, a munch buggy and sky divers to help cre­ate the scene for the funnest day of Car­ni­vale 2013.

The Out­rig­gers Novice Re­gatta saw 11 teams take to the wa­ters and com­pete in a novice race, with the cup be­ing taken home by the crew from John­son Con­struc­tions.

The sand be­came a bat­tle­ground for a me­die- val joust­ing dis­play, with horses and knights in full ar­mour show­ing spec­ta­tors what brave com­bat was all about cen­turies ago.

Seven teams com­peted in the beach cricket with the Port Home Loans out­fit reign­ing supreme over their Mud­dies mates.

Beach Day co­or­di­na­tor Tim El­lis said it was a huge suc­cess with so much to of­fer the crowds.

‘‘It was an hon­our to have Al­fred Di­a­mond, a tra­di­tional owner, give us a Wel­come to Coun­try bless­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony,’’ he said.

‘‘The stan­dard of sculp­tures in the sand­cas­tle build­ing com­pe­ti­tion was so high that it was a hard call for judge Ross Ban­nis­ter.

‘‘The high­lights for me were the Out­rig­gers Novice Re­gatta and the joust­ing tour­na­ment which was breath­tak­ing and fear­less.

‘‘(But) most of all I was so proud of the com­mu­nity spirit that made the day such fun for ev­ery­one and showed those vis­it­ing how mag­nif­i­cent our Dou­glas Shire re­ally is.’’

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