Dear Readers

Well, that’s it for 2023, a veritable Annus Horrbilis for many and a good year for others. We had such a great start to the year and enjoyed a few memorable trips overseas with my family.

This season of bliss came to an abrupt end after an incident at Bruce’s, followed by a fairly intrusive medical procedure and then a bout of man-flu (the worst kind of flu) over the festive season. This, combined with an unusually long period of easterly onshore, has tried hard to dampen our spirits.

Still, no complaints. We live in a very special place, and we are very lucky to call it home. Next year, we will see some amazing events and happenings in our town, as we continue to grow towards being the events capital of the country, and there is lots of excitement over that.

St Francis Today will be taking a break for next week and possibly a bit further, depending on the surf. Here’s to a blessed New Year and all the best wishes and good luck for 2024.

Don’t forget the Flash Float today. With 3,500 people attending, there are a few rules and guidelines that need to be adhered to. Enjoy your float, and see you all soon.


St Francis Flash Float

(all photos from Flash Float Facebook Page)
For those new to the event, here is a quick recap on how it works:
Our team of car guards will be helping you park from the fire station, along sunset drive and canal road. Drop & Go at corner of Sea Glades Drive & Canal Road. NO THRU TRAFFIC TO SHORE ROAD. Expect traffic congestion!
Walk to the Float Launch at the pumphouse. Only bring items that you can float with!
Float Launch will be to the right of the pumphouse. Our team will guide you as to where to go!
Go with the Float towards the Cove to the finish
We are expecting 3,500 people and safety is our number one priority. We will have NSRI, lifeguards, medics, as well as numerous volunteers onsite. However, please be vigilant and have eyes on the people around you to be sure everyone has a safe float.
Please review the Float Rules and Indemnity notice, as a participant of the event and by purchasing a wristband you have agreed to the following terms, which are detailed within your tickets –
All Floaters MUST be competent swimmers
All children under 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult and on a have life vest.
NO ALCOHOL is permitted at the event
ALL participants take part at their OWN RISK
The Organisers accept no responsibility whatsoever for injury, death, loss, or damage of belongings, even in the case of negligence. Due care has been taken to make this event safe and secure.