Manly Inflatable Boat Race


The ocean has never been so much fun when it comes to the Manly Inflatable Boat Race, which is one of biggest, wettest and fun events on the Sydney calendar!


Hundreds of wannabe-buccaneers in fancy dress take to the waters in inflatable boats for a 1kmcourse along the Manly coastline.


It’s a fundraiser all in the name of charity, and the event was created by local Denver Bevan more than ten years ago. There are a few rules involved, those participating must find a blow-up vessel that costs under $50 as well as a shipmate to help paddle.


Boats of more than two people will be disqualified from winning although they can still take part, and normally those boats have more fun. The race isn't to be taken too seriously, as the judge’s decision is final, and best costume usually wins.


Those taking part are usually dressed as pirates, schoolgirls, sailors, even people dressed as the American rock group KISS and president Barrack Obama have made an appearance to fight it out to first place


The race is held each year - and usually at the end of the year - while the weather is hot. Lifeguards and rescue boats are dotted around on the water to keep the event safe.


Afterwards those attending are invited to a free barbeque at the Boat Shed pub in Manly, where winners and those in fancy dress are awarded prizes for their efforts.


If you don’t want to compete then it’s still worth hitting the beach to watch all the action in the water – people splashing each other and different types of rafts from lilos, blow up beds, rings, blow-up castles and many other interesting type of inflatables!


All funds raised go to the Redkite charity, and it costs $25 to register.


It’s a great day to get out to the water, participate and also watch - but the main focus is to have fun for a good cause.