Classic boats to set sail for Bribie

Classic boats to set sail for Bribie

Boat enthusiasts from across the country will soon set sail and make their way to Moreton Bay for the upcoming Bribie Island Classic Boat Regatta from May 20-22.

Now in its 23rd year, the three-day event is not only a get together for boat owners, but also an opportunity for the public to have a close look at the classic wooden boats that will be on display.

The event, hosted by the Bribie Aquatic Community Events Inc (BACE), will also feature plenty of family-friendly fun including a grand parade, boat races, live music, entertainment and more.

Regatta Coordinator Dr Doug Wilson says he is expecting a record number of people to sign up for the event.

“We had the biggest Regatta ever in 2021 despite COVID restrictions and closed state borders, with 71 boats and their crews on the water,” Doug says.

“Interest so far this year on social media would suggest we are headed for the biggest record of participants ever this year.”

Looking back in time

Doug says there has been an increase in Australia’s attitude and admiration for classic and wooden boats, especially those that have been lovingly restored.

“Classic wooden boats are a world-wide phenomenon, but over the last 20 years there has been a gradual increase in Australia’s attitude and interest in classic and wooden boats,” he says.

“It’s a historical event where you get to see what boats were like 100 years ago, with many of them being lovingly restored.

“These old-fashioned boats made Australia before there were roads and railway.

“At our event, we get people who have memories of their parents or grandparents with wooden boats, and they want to share that with their own children.”

Join in the fun

Visitors and spectators will be treated to lots of family-friendly events to entertain both young and old.

On Saturday, May 21, the public will have the opportunity to see the boats depart from the Spinnaker Sound Marina at Sandstone Point where they will depart for a leisurely voyage out into the Pumicestone Passage up to Toorbul and Donnybrook.

Doug says the highlight of the weekend will be the grand parade on Sunday morning, led by Volunteer Marine Rescue Bribie.

“Pacific Harbour Marina generously offered free berths for the boats, so the grand parade will start there and then everyone will head down to Sylvan Beach,” Doug says.

“People will bring their boat up to the beach or throw out their anchor will be available to chat to the community about their pride and joys.”

There will also be a series of short boat races, a motorboat trial, rowing and paddling races and Dragon boat racing.

On land there will be nautical pop-up stalls, food stalls, a coffee van, sausage sizzle, live music, markets, face painting and more.

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