A great way for families to celebrate Australia Day

THE 2017 Wrest Point Sandy Bay Regatta will return once again on Australia Day to provide locals with a fun and healthy day out.

One of the world’s longest running community regattas, the Wrest Point Sandy Bay Regatta can be traced back to working seafarers testing their skills against their mates through activities such as sailing and rowing.

Regatta Association chairman Robert Elliott said the present day regatta featured a mix of old and new events to keep families entertained and children involved.

“On the water, heritage events of sailing and rowing will now include outrigger canoes, kayaks, a nippers surf lifesaving carnival and windsurfing races,” he said.

“Planned field activities will range from family-oriented sideshows and traditional games, such as tug-of-war and sack races, to the Life. Be In It/10th Hobart Scout Group obstacle course, roving buskers and a pie-eating competition.

“The Junior Regatta Girl competition will be run again on the main stage and girls up to 16-years-of-age are encouraged to enter for great prizes.

“We have also been keen to have power boats return to the regatta and for the first time in many years we will have a static display of racing boats and hot laps on the water.”

The centrepiece of the event will be the Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony, which honours and recognises personal achievements and outstanding contributions to the local community.

“Over the recent years, the committee has been very pleased with the overwhelmingly positive feedback from event participants and the general public,” Mr Elliott said.

“With crowds of more than 10,000 expected, it will be a great day for all.”

The 2017 Wrest Point Sandy Bay Regatta will be held on Thursday 26 January at the Long Point Reserve, Sandy Bay.

All water sports will take place on Long Beach, with plenty of parking available across Long Point Road on the Sandown Park sports ground.

Parking is by gold coin donation to the Rotary Club of Sandy Bay.

For more information, visit www.sandybayregatta.com.au.

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