Re­cy­clable Regatta hotly con­tested at fes­ti­val

Whitsunday Times - - 2014 WHITSUNDAY REEF 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.

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