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From Agrabah to the peninsula - Sand Sculpting Australia reveal new theme SAND Sculpting Australia returns for its eleventh year on the Frankston Waterfront with ‘Aladdin and the Arabian Tales’. Over 3,500 tonnes of brickies loam sand has been masterfully transformed into life sized sand sculptures by the world’s best artists, who have come together to tell the tales of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor, and Ali Baba and the forty thieves. The product of 20 sculptors, 30 days and over 5,000 carving hours, this exhibition continues in its tradition of delivering something bigger and better every year. With over 130,000 people travelling from across Victoria and beyond to attend the exhibition, the annual event reportedly injects $100 million into the local economy. Having been involved with Sand Sculpting Australia since its inception, Sandstorm Events Director Sharon Redmond says it’s the theatre of it all and sense enchantment that keep people coming back. “Our aim is to capture the imagination and provide a unique experience that reappropriates the natural environment and encourages people to enjoy it in a new way,” said Redmond. “This summer, you’ll be transported back in time to explore the ancient and ever-so-magical stories of the 1001 Arabian Nights, made completely from

sand.” “You can see Aladdin fall in love with Princess Jasmine and trick the Genie of the Lamp with his three wishes.” “Take a journey with Sinbad the Sailor on his seven magical adventures as he meets mystical monsters and fantastical creatures; then, ‘Open Sesame’, go deep with Ali Baba into the cave filled with jewels and gold.” Integrated with the sand sculptures will be a fun range of themed activities for children; from hands on sand sculptor workshops, sand art and craft, to themed face painting and the interactive family game zone, there is plenty to explore. Tickets for the event are now on sale, with the exhibition opening up early for an all-inclusive family Christmas festival. Running from 16 -24 December, Santa’s Sand Land is the quintessential Australian summer-take on the holidays. With the Christmas spectacular set to include live stage shows, roving performances, a meet and greet with Santa, arts and craft, plus more - the waterfront is the ultimate outdoor playground this Christmas. Open to the public daily from 10am, the exhibition will carry over into the New Year with the official event picking up on 26 December 2017 and running through until 25 April 2018. For more information and to book tickets visit www.sandsculpting.com.au.

Big regattas at Blairgowrie this summer

BLAIRGOWRIE Yacht Squadron will host some big regattas this summer. Commencing on Boxing Day a fleet of around 80 yachts will arrive to finish the Cock of the Bay Race, having started off Port Melbourne that morning. Most will stay the night in the Blairgowrie Marina for the celebrations. The next day some will head for Portsea Pier for the start of the races to Tasmania at 2.30pm. But around 60 of the bays best yachts will stay at Blairgowrie from the Wednesday to the Saturday for the Petersville Regatta, sponsored by Mornington BMW. It’s also on Wednesday the 27th we can expect to see the seven boats in the around the world Volvo Ocean Race head past Blairgowrie, to the Melbourne finish line and stop over. They will pass by again on the afternoon of Tuesday January 2 as they head out of the Bay for the next leg to China. Then on January 6th small boats steal the scene with the Musto Skiff World Championships. Expect about 60 of these single handed, trapezing sailors with bright coloured spinnakers, from around the world to provide an exhilarating display and some exciting sailing just off Blairgowrie. Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron is ideally located and offers a variety of opportunities for people to discover sailing. Over summer there’s learn to sail courses in both bigger boats from the marina and small boats off the beach for adults, and small boats for juniors and youth. Tackers, the fun based national sailing program for 7-12 year olds runs in January. The boats, safety gear and qualified instructors are all provided for all of these programs. If you would like to just try it out Blairgowrie offers Discover Sailing Experiences, two hours on the water in a 6 metre boat, for up to four people with a qualified instructor. There are even ladies only sessions. If you would like to see the action, know more, or discover sailing for yourself drop into the club or go to www.bys.asn.au. If you would like to know more, or discover sailing for yourself, drop into the club or go to www.bys.asn.au.

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Mornington News 19 December 2017

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19 December 2017  

Mornington News 19 December 2017

19 December 2017  

Mornington News 19 December 2017

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