The Spencer Cup Regatta, a well-guarded secret first held in the 80s by some local kids with a raft made out of a bed frame and beer kegs, will this year be held on Sunday, January 25.
The Spencer Cup Regatta was started in response to the America’s Cup race held in Western Australia; the boxing kangaroo logo, replaced by a boxing mud crab, with the original design still used today.
The quirky annual event hosts a range of races at the Spencer Public Wharf, where the mighty Hawkesbury River meets Mangrove Creek.
Races include the Punt Paddle, The Homemade Raft Race and The Triangle Island Classic, which is the main event for the serious paddlers.
For the not so serious or those not keen on getting wet, there’s the Duck Race, Crab Races, market stalls and food made from local produce.
It’s a community run family day and everyone is welcome.
To participate in the races, bring along a life jacket and something to paddle.
The community hopes to raise awareness of the waterfront facilities, which are well overdue for the upgrade promised by Gosford Council well over a decade ago.
Media release, 8 Jan 2015
Monique Lisa, Spencer
Community Progress Group