Beach Games to hit the mark on Aussie Day

The Bare Bottom Boat races are hotly contested

By Trish Bowman

Capricorn Coast Community Events organisers are tipping the Capricornian Beach Games, Bare Bottom Boat Regatta and CQ Today Sand Sculpture Competition will once again be huge hits at this year’s Great Australia Day Beach Party event.

Games Coordinator Alister Gill said they expect the action will be thick and fast when the CQ Today Sand Sculpture Competition gets underway from 11am with spades, buckets, and no shortage of artistic creativity.

“Every year the sand sculpture competition draws family teams and individuals of all ages and with cash and prizes totalling more than $1000 we are again expecting keen interest,” Mr Gill said.

“Sculpture themes are up to the participants’ imagination, the only limitation is that the sculptures must be made with hand tools only and predominantly using materials found on the beach.

Contestants will have up to three hours to complete their masterpieces and judges will be looking for creativity and imaginative creations.

Contestants can register from mid-day with three categories – Midgets (up to 7 years), Juniors (8 to 14 years) and Open (all ages).

The Capricornian Beach Games and Bare Bottom Boat Regatta will get underway from 12 noon and provide an opportunity for young and old to actively participate and join in the Australia Day fun with another $1,000 in prizes up for grabs.

Mr Gill said the beach activities have long been a major highlight of the day; and in case anyone has the wrong impression in regard to the Bare Bottom Boat Regatta, it is the boats that have the ‘bare-bottoms’ not the contestants.

“Essentially this is a fun beach race over approximately 100 metres with teams of two people racing in bottomless boats,” he said.

“Boats are supplied and entry to the competition is once again absolutely free. All people need to do is find a partner and nominate on the day.”

Categories include Boys and Girls Juniors (under 13’s), Men & Women’s Open, Senior Men and Women (over 40’s), and Veteran Men and Women (over 55’s).

Other beach games will include sack races, egg and spoon fun, Tug-O-War competitions and the hilarious Great Australia Day Egg Throwing Championships.

The community are being encouraged to bring the whole family and be a part of what makes Australia great as we celebrate our national day In true-blue Aussie style.

The event encompasses COVID regulations with QR Check-in, social distancing, sanitising stations to ensure everyone remains safe.