Australia Day Long Weekend In Pittwater: 2024
Bike Ride With Aboriginal Peoples 2024
Despite heatwave conditions, a large crowd of cyclists and supporters joined in the Kay-ye-my (Manly) to Garigal (Church Point) Push Bike Ride on 26th of January 2024.
This annual event, which commenced in 2018, a Ride with Aboriginal People - is a friendly ride to show respect for Aboriginal People.
Participants can do the full 24km or join the ride at Dee Why, Narrabeen or Mona Vale. There is a support car so someone is with riders all the way; 'no one is left behind' is one of the mottoes of the organisers.
It is one of the earliest events that happen locally each January 26th. Cyclists and supporters meet at West Esplanade, Manly (Kay-ye-my) at 7.00 am, at the monument between Manly wharf and Manly Museum, where Wil-Le-Me-Ring a Garigal Aboriginal man Speared Governor Captain Arthur Phillip 1778.
Mackellar MP Dr. Sophie Scamps and Pittwater MP Rory Amon met the cyclists and supporters at Robert Dunn Reserve Mona Vale to cheer them on:
By 10.30am the group were welcomed by friends at Church Point, including Garigal man, Uncle Neil Evers. Here they enjoyed a good rest and heard stories about the Aboriginal people who once lived in the area.
Those gathered also joined in singing a beautiful song written by Suze Pratten and Stacy Etal; “Voice”. There was a group of singers that formed as part of the Voice Referendum and are still singing. Some attended the Manly and Church Point parts of the 2024 ride. Suze's YouTube video below shares the original version of that song.
Suze has made some changes to reflect the referendum result, but it will continue to be sung as the conversation continues about recognising our First Australians in our Constitution.
''This is a powerful song which reflects the thoughts of so many.'' the organisers stated
The first sentence was sung in Dharug and the remainder in Australian by those gathering to Ride with Aboriginal Peoples.
This great event allows all to acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal history and culture, listen to the soulful sound of the didgeridoo, and learn to play the clap sticks.
The Aboriginal Support Group Manly Warringah Pittwater (ASGMWP) said, ''It was great to be a part of the Ride With Aboriginal Peoples bike ride this morning. Thank you for inviting Uncle Neil to give a Welcome to Country and talk. Also for the opportunity to come together to connect with like-minded people who want to show their support for indigenous Australians on 26 January.
Thank you to local councillors and MP's for attending at various points along the way including NBC Mayor Sue Heins and Zali Steggall MP at the start (7.00 am), Rory Amon - Member for Pittwater and Dr Sophie Scamps MP at Robert Dunn Reserve Mona Vale. Also, to the entertainment with the Voice choir singing "Voice, Treaty, Truth" at Manly and Church Point.
Coming together as one. The way it should be!''
A few more photos taken of the 2024 Ride with Aboriginal Peoples, pictures courtesy Peter and Joy Nason and ASGMWP.
Australia Day Breakfast At Bert Payne Park, Newport Beach
Report/Photos: A J Guesdon/Pittwater Online News
ASGMWP's Uncle Neil Evers, Mackellar MP Dr. Sophie Scamps, Northern Beaches Council Mayor Sue Heins, Pittwater MP Rory Amon
Avalon Beach During Heatwave Conditions
Report/Photos: A J Guesdon/Pittwater Online News
It was 39 degrees in Avalon by 2pm on Australia Day - visitors to the beach sought shade where they could when not in the water.
Just after 3pm a southerly hit, with whitecaps soon seen off the headlands and coming into shore. Everyone who had been on the beach enjoying the day, together, then began leaving the beach, together, and sat in traffic for a long ride home after a wonderful day, together.
Prior to that, Surf Lifesavers on Patrol had to come to the aid of people swimming outside the flags multiple times and several hundred precautionary actions were taken. The weekend before, over 60 rescues took place and again, several hundred precautionary actions were taken to keep swimmers safe.
On the beach and at the rock pool, families played, sheltered from the sun beneath tents and umbrellas, and indulged in Australian treats - like lamingtons.
A few pictures:
2023/24 WASZP Australian Slalom Championship On Pittwater: Hosted By The RPAYC
Newport, Australia – 25 January 2024
The highly anticipated 2023/24 WASZP Australian Slalom Championship continued on Pittwater today with an exhilarating final day of racing. The changeable weather conditions and back to back races challenged the exceptional skills of the world-class sailors on short downwind wind courses. Start, blast downwind round the gybe marks and across the finishing line. Races targeted to be 5 minutes. This is the drag racing of sailing.
The regatta, which commenced 24 January, has attracted sailors from up and down the country to participate. The championship is a testament to the growing popularity of the WASZP class, known for its innovative formats, like the slalom series, creating fast and exciting races. Competition has been fierce with impressive displays of speed, boat handling and tactics.
Day 2 started hot and light with competitors waiting onshore for the breeze to stabilise, a few nursing bruised bodies and egos after 8 slalom races yesterday. A shifty 12-18knts that came in around midday and sailors hit the water for more of the crash and burn slalom format. The tight competition throughout the fleet continued with every mistake punished in the unstable and shifty conditions. The key was to stay on the foil, when you were up, you were up!
“The level of competition we have seen today is absolutely phenomenal, they make it look so easy when they are flying along, but we know that it takes a heap of practise and time on the water to sail so quick and clean throughout this short format racing” said Nick Elliott, Race Director, RPAYC.
“The mix of fluctuating conditions challenged sailors across the fleet. We are thrilled to be hosting such a prestigious championship on Pittwater and thank our local WASZP fleet for their enthusiasm and hard work bringing the event to the RPAYC. With the Australian Slalom Championship concluded we can now look forward to the WASZP NSW State Titles which commence tomorrow.”
The standout performances of the slalom series have been Louis Tilly in Boogie Wonderland (RPAYC) taking 8 bullets from the 14 races, his worst result being a fourth place.
In second place, with a score of 22, taking 5 wins was Marshall Day in Too Cheeky (B16SC), followed by Nicholas Dunn in The Sting (RQYS) in third place on 30 points.
The only other sailor to win a slalom race Keizo Tomisha in Zen (WSC) winning race 13 and finishing fourth overall. These sailors have blown away the competition in the slalom format and we look forward to finding out if their dominance continues into the next regatta.
View results at: https://rpayc.com.au/waszp-class-regattas-2023-2024/
Report by RPAYC. Photography and video by Andrea Francolini Photography