The Lakefest Aquatic Festival on beautiful Lake Macquarie is on again.
A packed calendar of fun, active and passive events runs from February 17 - March 4, 2018.
“Lakefest was created in 2013 when it was realised an aquatic festival could promote sailing, other water-based lake activities, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter Region in general.
“Since then it has got bigger and bigger every year,” said Lakefest spokesperson, Mel Steiner.
In 2018, the first event to hit the water is the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club RTC Group Lakefest Regatta, taking place from February 17 - 18.
Sailors will compete for $2000 in prize money with visiting boats welcome to stay free at LMYC on Saturday night.
For Arr!-rated fun, Belmont 16s Kids’ Pirate Fun Day, Saturday February 17, encourages young sailors to dress as pirates and set sail in search of treasure (chocolate gold coins).
But watch out for water bombs and canons from rival pirate ships.
Wednesday 21 February sees a combined twilight point score race for boats from LMYC, RMYC and Wangi, hosted by LMYC.
From February 23, Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto hosts the Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta, a major annual sailing event that raises funds for Cancer Council New South Wales’ Home Help Program.
Up to 100 boats will contest a One Lap Dash, 12-Hour Challenge and 24-hour Classic Endurance Race.
You can also steer a course for the Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Association Boatfest on Sunday February 25, at Rathmines Park, featuring steam, sail, motor and oared craft of all sizes.
Everyone is welcome and it’s free to take part.
Also on Sunday, Sailability Toronto will hold an Open Day of racing and fun competition.
There will be up to three races for client sailors and their volunteer crew, followed by a chaotic game of ‘Fetch’, where sailors try to retrieve as many coloured balls from the water as they can.
The following Friday, 2 March, Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club dives in with an Open Twilight race for sailors from all over the lake with great prizes and social sailing for all comers.
To close the popular event, Lakefest comes to a foamy finale on Sunday, March 4, with the Toronto Sunrise Rotary Paddlefest at Speers Point, starting at 8am.
500 competitors will take to the lake with kayaks, dragon boats, outriggers and stand up boards, in a paddling spectacular.
Plus keep an eye out for the St Ayles Skiff, rowing from Rathmines to Paddlefest via RMYC on March 3-4.
For more information on the daily schedules and events head to: www.lakefest.com.au.