Recyclable Regatta hotly contested at festival
THE Airlie Beach Lagoon was transformed into the seven seas on Sunday afternoon, hosting the creative Schweppes Recyclable Regatta.
The event tested even the most colourful of imaginations, as contestants were asked to build their own vessel out of recyclable goods.
Not only did the boats have to float, they had to withstand a full lap around the lagoon with crew members on board.
Although the Recyclable Regatta wasn’t as well attended as in previous years, those competing certainly made up for the lack of numbers through sheer competitiveness.
This year’s title was a hotly contested race, but ultimately it was the Brandy Creek Bandits who prevailed – consisting of Eric Oliver, Wayne, Lily, Riley and Helen Kay and Paul Jukes.
Whitsunday Reef Festival chairwoman Margie Murphy said the regatta was an entertaining spectacle, as each team showed how badly they wanted to win.
The day’s feel was topped off by Cap’n Dan Van Blarcom, kitted out as a pirate and ensuring observers remained scurvy-free.
SAVE THE REEF: Eric Oliver, Wayne Kay, Lily, 10, Riley, 7, Helen Kay and Paul Jukes of the Brandy Creek Bandits who won the Recyclable Regatta at the lagoon on Sunday afternoon.