Sandy Point Wind Festival

Saturday 29 October 2011 to Sunday 30 October 2011
10:00am - 10:00pm

Location: TP Taylor Reserve Hall | Category: Other

Wind Festival at Sandy Point

Visit Sandy Point on 29 and 30 October, 2011 and you can enjoy a number of exciting family and sporting events.

Whether you are into windsurfing, would love to make and fly a kite with your kids or enjoy some great live music in the beautiful sur- roundings of Sandy Point, this weekend has something for everyone.

The Wind Festival celebrates the coming of summer, with wind activities and wind-sport events including windsurfing, wave jumping, Stand Up Paddle surfing (SUP), sailing boats, land yachts (Blokarts) and kite workshops for children (Kites for Kids).

There will also be a Spit Roast meal with Bush Dance featuring a popular band called the BDI’s (Sunday at 6 pm), and a performance from the South Gippsland Brass Band (midday on Sunday).  Also on display will be a special display of wind-art (wind socks, flags, wind chimes and windmills) made by children from local schools.

Sandy Point is popular for its natural and unique wind and water characteristics that are great for wind-powered sporting activities. The good winds and relatively calm waters of Shallow Inlet, make a unique combination that is the main reason Sandy Point has a world-wide sailing reputa- tion. It is also home to the yacht speed World Record, held by Simon McKeon, Australian of the Year, 2011.

Kite workshop for kids

The Sandy Point Community Group has hired a professional Kite company from Melbourne to conduct kite-making and kite-flying workshops for children during the Wind Festival. We can cater for up to 100 children on each of the two days of the Wind Festival. There will be a small cost per child but most of the activity will be funded by the Sandy Point Community Group. Tents for the workshops will be erected in an area opposite the shops, and we expect workshops will commence mid-morning and end mid-afternoon on both days. Information about the Kite company can be found at www.kites4kids.com.au

This is one of our Family events and we encourage parents to bring young children to Sandy Point to participate in the Kite Workshops, as well as to see the “Wind Art” produced by 6 of the local Primary Schools, and to watch the wind sports, including land yacht races, sailing dinghies, wave jumping and wind surfing. Families are also invited to come to the Dinner Dance on Sunday, 30 October.

Bush band with dancing … (+ roast spit meal & BBQ)

On Sunday evening, 30 October, 2011 a Bush band and Dance with a meal will be held in the TP Taylor (Tennis) Hall as part of the Sandy Point Wind Festival. This will be a casual event, with a Spit Roast of local meats and a BBQ with salads and spud.

The featured band will be “The BDI’s”, which is a popular local band playing Australian folk music and a splash of Irish songs. The band specialises in “calling” the dances which keeps everyone on their toes!

This is a Family evening, with food beginning about 6 pm and the band commencing by 7.30 pm. Entry fee is $20. Children attending Primary School or under 12 years old are FREE. This entry fee will contribute towards the cost of the band, food and Hall hire. BYO drinks.

Simon McKeon is proud to be Patron of the Sandy Point Wind Festival.

This event is an initiative of the Sandy Point Community Group and is supported by a special grant from the South Gippsland Shire Council and contributions from local businesses, in particular the Prom Coast Holiday Units ( The Boulevard, Sandy Point), as well as the Sandy Point Café, the Cara- van Park, and the Sandy Point Art Gallery.

Visit the Sandy Point Wind Festival website for the full program.

 

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