Every Christmas eve there is a dog race in which the dogs swim from Scotland Island to Church Point. It started out many years ago as a bet between two locals over whose dog could swim the fastest. My dog “Black Sack” won it back in about 1981 when it was a much lower profile event. This year was the biggest ever in terms of both numbers of contestants and numbers of spectators. The entry fee is one long neck bottle of beer and one can of dog food, the fees being divided among the winners of the various divisions. It really is a wonderful social event and a chance to catch up people we may not see very often.
Eager spectators with drinks in hand line the ferry wharf and foreshore before the start
Spectators before the start from another angle
The race underway with owners on surfboards, kayaks, dinghies or swimming coaxing their dogs along.
The finish and the big black dog wins!
Awarding the prizes