Mortgage Choice win their heat during the Bay Business Challenge at Scarness Beach on Sunday. (R) Peta Short, Alicia Hughes, John Short, Michael Fischer and Samantha Fischer with Christine Le Mesurier acting as steerer.
Mortgage Choice win their heat during the Bay Business Challenge at Scarness Beach on Sunday. (R) Peta Short, Alicia Hughes, John Short, Michael Fischer and Samantha Fischer with Christine Le Mesurier acting as steerer. Alistair Brightman

Outrigger crews go ‘far out’ for fun activities

CRAZY wigs, hillbilly teeth and even meat cleavers were just some of the weird and wacky costumes and props used to liven up the Fraser Coast Outriggers Bay Business Challenge at Scarness Beach on Sunday.

This year's regatta attracted 17 teams, four more than last year, with crews given two preliminary races before the semi finals and finals.

Competing on flat water and under clear skies, there was a good mix of competitive racing and friendly banter among the crews, as they used paddle power and grit to conquer the 250m sprint to the finish line.

The businesses generally see the challenge as a team-building exercise and a chance to step out of their comfort zone.

Fraser Coast Outriggers publicity officer Pam Coles said it was great to see so many people have fun and enjoying themselves on the water.

"It was good, everyone was buzzing," she said.

"There was a lovely atmosphere and for the people who don't usually paddle, it was a good chance for them to enjoy something different.

"We had so many teams who have never been before.

"Some enjoyed it so much they've already told us they want to come back next year."

Fitness and healthy lifestyles are the norm for employees at Breathe Health Club, so it was no surprise they won this year's challenge.

But racing was close with the top three teams in the final finishing within a second of each other.

Bay Business Challenge regulars Community Solutions were second across the line.

St James Lutheran College (Spirit team) came third, despite posting the fastest time of the day during the heats.

The Best Dressed team of the day was the all-red Scotty's Mad About Meat team.

However a big part of the day was $1300 worth of prizes, donated by local individuals and businesses and which were awarded to paddlers throughout the morning.



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