The Christmas Eve Scotland Island Dog Race

Every Christmas Eve there is a dog race like no other in the world. 
The Scotland Island Dog Race is located in the tranquil waters of Pittwater, where dogs from all over the bay swim from Scotland Island to Church Point. 
It started out many years ago as a bet between two locals who were arguing about whose dog could swim the fastest.
Today it is an institution of epic proportions in terms of the number of contestants and spectators.

Entry fee is a long neck bottle of beer (for the owner) and a can of dog food.  These ‘fees’ are divided amongst all the winners  – there are divisions in this race you know!
I have never quite understood the rules – but never mind I am not sure the participants have either because you see it’s that sort of race,  where anything goes! 
But the big-hearted jocularity with which dogs (and owners) of all breeds, shapes, colours and sizes participate is a joy to behold.
Some, like Milo prefer to watch from a distance!

This auspicious occasion on the Scotland Island calendar has even inspired local cartoonist Gwyn Perkins


 Merry Christmas 
may you all be 

Scotland Island Dog Race

© 2011 Francesca Muir

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  • CameraCruise December 21, 2011   Reply →

    Looks like lot of fun!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Corrina December 22, 2011   Reply →

    Hi Francesca, ONLY IN AUSTRALIA!!!! I love it- lived in Aus all my life and I've never heard of this spectacular event, very cute pics. I love the fact that the entry fee is so practical, not expensive but a bonus for the winners. You made my day today I needed a smile in this a little (stressful) lead up to xmas day. Thanks xx Corrina.

  • Anna at the Doll House December 23, 2011   Reply →

    I love the Christmas card Francesca and your report on the dog race has really made me smile.

    Happy Christmas

  • Julian December 25, 2011   Reply →

    You have captured the event beautifully, and perfectly…Julian

  • Karen @ Pas Grand-Chose December 27, 2011   Reply →

    Catching up with your December blog posts has made me so nostalgic for a southern hemisphere Christmas! Hydrangeas, swimming and sunshine – so wonderful! Happy Christmas to you, Francesca … xo

  • Francesca Muir March 29, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you xx

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