The dragon boat races were an exciting feature last year. The teams departed from the Bellerive Boardwalk, and just the logistics of loading the competitors into the long, skinny boats was a spectacle. Then they raced out of the marina beyond view, only to come steaming home again towards the finish line.
Family Entertainment at Bellerive
Many activities are free again this year and there will be a schedule of music and comedy performers. Kids wanting to get into the spirit of the maritime theme can enter the Seafarin’ Costume Competition.
Last year there were rides for sale in a helicopter simulator, as well as rows of stalls selling toys and games. Probably of more interest to the adults:fine foods and wines available to diners for a lunch time feast on the waterfront.
Windeward Bound for the Seafarers Festival
Finally, our favourite memory from 2009: a tour of the Windeward Bound. For the cost of a gold coin, we got to inspect the very close quarters below deck, and have a chat with some of the sailors. We were even allowed at the helm for a practice run – but I’m pretty confident I could never be lured out past the safety of the Bellerive Marina.
For more information, call Wendy Moles (03) 6245 8638
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