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Thu, 25 Jan


America Bay

Australia Day Weekend Raft Up

Join in the Australia Day celebrations at America Bay. The fleet will gather to celebrate Australia Day with boats joining in when suits, be it for 4 hours or 4 days!

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Australia Day Weekend Raft Up
Australia Day Weekend Raft Up


25 Jan 2024, 5:00 pm – 28 Jan 2024, 12:00 pm

America Bay


We have enjoyed some great fun Australia Day celebrations over the years in locations from Lake Macquarie to Port Hacking. This year we are again staying close to home in the magnificent Refuge and America Bay.

Our BHCC fleet will gather with boats joining, be it for 4 days or 4 hours, from Thursday 25 January. The celebrations will kick off from Thursday as boats gather on the moorings at the eastern end of America Bay.

Friday morning will be a relaxing start to Australia Day, maybe some Aussie trivia and warm up exercises in preparation for our annual beach cricket match with our friends from Twin Bridges Cruising Club.

The match will get underway as the tide drops mid-afternoon on Friday (about 3pm). This is a fun and unique match where the condition of the mud pitch will not be assessed with a key, but by a yabby pump being pushed into the surface. The wicket is a mixture of sand and mud, peppered with sting ray and yabby holes and the outfield comprises rocks, puddles and oyster shells. The rising tide will slowly invade our field as the afternoon wears on, so the stumps are the floatable variety.  The club will put on a basic sausage sizzle (early dinner) for the match (BYO drinks).

Following our cricket victory, it will be back to the boats for evening drinks and an Aussie lamington eating competition…all will be revealed on the night.

We look forward to seeing you over the weekend, please RSVP.  Dress up your boat, and yourselves in Aussie Day style.

On approach, call the BHCC Fleet on channel 72 for raft up instructions.  If you would like assistance in rafting up, please just ask.

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