Manly Inflatable Boat Race

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Participants on the water at the Manly Inflatable Boat Race
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Join this wet and wild boat race in Manly

Get your life jackets and bike pumps at the ready. That's right, the Manly Inflatable Boat Race is back for a 14th year of inflatable raft racing caziness. 

It’s on for young and old on February 25 at Manly’s Shelly Beach with over 800 competitors expected to take to the high seas, while thousands of supporters line the foreshore to watch all the fun. Racers are encouraged to dress up (the fancier the better) for the race, which will see them paddle for dear life across the one-kilometre course taking them out past Manly Life Savers and back to shore. There are no rules, the first one across the line wins, but try to keep it clean out there, competitors.

There are prizes on offer for first and last over the line as well as wackiest team, craziest boat and best fancy dress. The awards ceremony will take place at the Hotel Steyne, who have  generously provided a free sausage sizzle for the hungry participants.  

Registration and boat ‘construction’ starts at 8.45am at the Manly Surf Club while the starter’s gun is set to fire at 10.30am over at Shelly Beach to avoid the rough surf conditions expected on the day.

The race was named the ‘Community Event of the Year’ at the 2016 Manly Australia Day Awards and has raised over $200,000 for charity over the 14 years its been running. This year the money will go to Tour De Cure – Riding to Cure Cancer, who have raised over $32 million for cancer research. Tickets are $55 if you book online or $60 on the day, so get yourself a seaworthy craft (or a not-so-seaworthy one) and have a paddle for a good cause.

By: William Dunn

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