Re­cy­clable re­gatta plenty of fun

Whitsunday Times - - 2013 REEF FESTIVAL -

BOATS of all shapes and sizes took part in the Sch­weppes re­cy­clable re­gatta at the la­goon on Sun­day, the last day of the Reef Fes­ti­val.

A large crowd gath­ered around the la­goon for the race, as boats made of re­cy­cled goods got in­volved in the light-hearted event in ju­nior and se­nior di­vi­sions.

It was the high­est num­ber of en­tries in this event ever, and the won­der­fully creative and zany rafts were very en­ter­tain­ing.

In the ju­nior di­vi­sion, 13-year-old Amy Stockow and Mia Mur­phy were the win­ners, pad­dling their raft Trop­i­cal Punch home to vic­tory.

Ken Sleight and Felic­ity Roof were the win­ners in the adult di­vi­sion with their boat made of wood and tin, called Where's Dad's Roof?

Lo­cal per­son­al­ity Cap'n Dan Van Blar­com of­fi­cially started and judged the race, and he kept the crowd en­ter­tained with his run­ning com­men­tary of both races.

HEART OF THE REEF: Stu­dents and teach­ers from Cannonvale State School marched in Satur­day’s Ro­tary street pa­rade down Air­lie Beach's newly-re­fur­bished main street as part of the Reef Fes­ti­val.

CHAMPS: Mia Mur­phy and Amy Stockow pad­dled their boat Trop­i­cal Punch to vic­tory in the kids di­vi­sion at the Sch­weppes re­cy­clable re­gatta on Sun­day at the Air­lie Beach la­goon.

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