• The scene at Sandy Beach for the successful Regatta!
Russell Island now has a sailing and kayak club, following the success of the first ever Sandy Beach Regatta on Russell Island.
The open day Regatta was held to help introduce to the community the new Sandy Beach Sailing and Kayak Club.
According to one of the organisers, Steve Morgan, the Regatta was a 'significant success'.
"There was a great attendance and it was a truly great day, with over 100 new members joining the fledgling club,"
Steve Morgan said.
"There were many winners on the day, however, the highlight was the attitude of a small but committed number of runners and bikers that headed off in the heat of the day at 10 a.m. on the trip from the Northern jetty on Russell Island to Sandy beach on the Southern end, a 9 kilometre slog in near 40 degree heat."
There were plenty of keen sailors and paddlers on hand at Sandy Beach, Russell Island, who enjoyed the waters of Moreton Bay.
The local rural fire brigade and the SES helped cool things off and got a stranded vehicle out of trouble on the beach.
There were plenty of happy people and all are looking forward to what the newest club here on the Bay Islands can achieve and offer its many new members.
A special thanks to the organising committee of Bob and Janelle Turner, Steve and Jenna Morgan, Larry and Debbie Hoffman and the many others involved in the launch of what seems to be a group that will benefit the community and especially the children with skills and activities to fit with our unique Island lifestyle.