Get cre­ative for this year’s Re­cy­clable Re­gatta

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

IF YOU’RE look­ing for some­thing to do these school hol­i­days, why not pre­pare for the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val’s Re­cy­clable Re­gatta?

Now in its 16th year, the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val show­cases the beauty and splen­dour of the Great Bar­rier Reef and cel­e­brates what it means to live in the “Heart of the Reef” in Air­lie Beach.

The re­gatta will take place on Sun­day, Au­gust 14, which gives teams about six weeks to build their craft, which can be made out of any re­cy­cled items, as long they float.

Com­pe­ti­tion is al­ways fierce and last year’s win­ners, Whit­sun­day Es­cape, are keen to hang onto their crown.

This year’s theme is “Find­ing the Reef”, which can be in­ter­preted in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ways.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser, Margie Mur­phy said the theme was cho­sen to rep­re­sent the world­wide in­ter­est in pre­serv­ing and pro­tect­ing the nat­u­ral won­ders of our re­gion.

“We are sure ev­ery­one will get into the spirit and if en­trants want to also wear their pi­rate out­fits – which has been a bit of a tra­di­tion – they are more than wel­come but their craft will be judged on the “Find­ing the Reef” theme,” she said.

“Peo­ple of all ages en­ter the re­gatta, from grand­par­ents to chil­dren, and with the school hol­i­days un­der way, it is the per­fect time to start build­ing that win­ning craft,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Re­cy­clable Re­gatta in­clud­ing guide­lines and reg­is­tra­tion email sec­re­tary@whit­sun­dayre­effes­ti­

For more in­for­ma­tion about the fes­ti­val visit www.whit­sun­dayre­effes­ti­ or fol­low the fes­ti­val on Face­book.

FLY­ING PIG: Ri­iley O'Grady, Zac Sleight and Jesse Frisch, crew of the Tin Pig, com­pet­ing in the Re­cy­clable Re­gatta last year.

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