Pittfall to Coffs will wow us all
By BELINDA SCOTT
FORGET the Pittwater to Coffs, here comes the Pitfall to Coffs right on Australia Day.
It will be a wild old January 26 down at the Marina next Saturday when eight Jetty Foreshore traders pull out all stops for the first Marina Village Festival.
The loss of the yacht race this year has been the impetus for the traders to start planning an Australia Day event that should have all the locals saying 'oi,oi,oi.'
The Australia Day events at the Marina will run from 10am to 2pm, beginning with a march to the marina by the cadets of the TS Vendetta and the re-naming of the area the Coffs Harbour International Marina Village.
The Lovely Legs competition at 11am will have spectators scratching their heads as they try to win a $100 dinner for two at the Tide and Pilot restaurant by guessing the identities of the blokes in the boxes male Marina traders who have concealed their identify, except for their legs, inside a patriotically-painted box.
Make a gold coin donation and fill in a voting form to be in the running.
If there is more than one correct entry there will be a draw for the winner.
At 1pm the Pitfall to Coffs race will see a Henley-on-Todd type spoof regatta, with entrants guiding their crazy craft through 'rough seas' made of tyres and through 'storms' created by buckets of water.
Along the route, the 'yachties' will have to don lifejackets and rescue the 'lady overboard' by throwing a life preserver ring over her as they 'round the horn'.
Funky Mustard will be playing from 10am to 2pm and there will be outdoor stalls with an Australiana theme, static displays by Customs and others, an old-fashioned Aussie sausage sizzle by Julie's Galley and 10 per cent discounts on all cruises and tours booked on the day.