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Bluewater Festival 2018

Story: Sandgate Guide
Feb 28, 2018
Bluewater Festival 2018
Cheer on Olympian and Commonwealth Games baton relay runner Giaan Rooney at this year’s Bluewater Festival.

The festival’s 21st birthday is shaping up to be the best yet with the Queen’s Baton Relay joining in celebrations and the beginning of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.

Each year on Good Friday, the Bluewater Festival brings the community together to mark the start of Australia’s second largest yacht race, now in its 70th year.

The free festival is organised by the Sandgate & Districts Chamber of Commerce, and the committee is excited the Games baton relay and mascot Borobi will be part of the festival.

Residents will have a chance to watch the baton relay as it makes its way along Eagle Terrace and down to the pier before travelling out onto the water by boat. Giaan Rooney will assist the Mayor to fire the yacht race canon at 11am.

“The fact the relay has come to the Shorncliffe Pier showcases it is an icon of not just our city but of our state,” says Chamber president Bill Gollan.

Another highlight of the day will be market stalls lining the pier as well as Lower Moora Park, a first for the festival.

“It is going to open up more spaces for families to picnic and relax on the foreshore this year,” Bill says.

The festival not only offers the perfect spot to watch the start of the race and enjoy market stalls but experience a wide variety of food vendors, new, improved carnival rides and entertainment throughout the day. The festival will kick off at 8am with a yoga session on the beach.

The popular dragon boats rides will be returning, as well as smaller yacht races run throughout the day.

“We’re really focusing the festival on the pier and the water this year,” Bill says.

Breakfast Creek Vintage Boat Club will be showcasing award-winning boats alongside the pier.

“It will be just like the old days when boats used to moor beside the pier before the race,” he says.

A full program of live entertainment is planned for the day, with a fireworks display coordinated to music finishing off the evening at 7.30pm.

Getting to and from the festival will be easy with buses running regularly and Shorncliffe train station only a short walk away.

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