On Christmas Eve each year, since 1974 or even earlier, a dog swimming race takes place across the bay from Scotland Island to Church Point Wharf. The distance is approx. 600 mts on flat water.
Adding to the excitement of the 2016 event, a thunder storm passed over, just as the race finished. However this did not deter the hundreds of spectators who turned out to watch this Christmas Eve ritual.
All the dogs entered swim next to or nearby their owners, who paddle on surfboards, swim or paddle in canoes or similar next to their dog. Some dogs on leash, most not. Should the dogs need a rest the handlers are close by. There are different divisions for large, medium and small dogs. Entry is via a can of dog food or bottle of beer, as you may well see its all very ' Low Key ' with Fun the main attraction.
Below is a great short YouTube video of this years race,
Credit for the video, creator "pittwaterpathways"
Being Christmas Eve there is a genuine happy and relaxed atmosphere amougst the hundres of spectators and competitors.
This years overall winner was Hugo the dog with Ed his owner. They were both from Melbourne , and staying on the Northern Beaches visiting family during Christmas. No rule says you need to be a local to enter!
A great local event, still mages by Northern Beaches Pet Photography.