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Saturday 8th July 2017

The Buccaneers, that romantic period of distant history which was an intertwined part of the colonisation of the New World, beginning with Cristopher Columbus, is our dress theme for the 2017 Wean Amateur Picnic Races. (But don't forget, we will still be doing all the other fun stuff that makes Wean the enjoyable and memorable day that it is)



The following is a broad outline of the historic period from Wickepedia:

The Golden Age of Piracy is a common designation given to usually one or more outbursts of piracy in the maritime history of the early modern period. In its broadest accepted definition, the Golden Age of Piracy spans the 1650s to the 1730s and covers three separate outbursts of piracy:

  1. The buccaneering period of approximately 1650 to 1680, characterized by Anglo-French seamen based on Jamaica and Tortuga attacking Spanish colonies and shipping in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific
  2. The Pirate Round of the 1690s, associated with long-distance voyages from the Americas to rob Middle Eastern Kingdoms and the European East India Companies of trade wealth in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea
  3. The post-Spanish Succession period extending from 1716 to 1726, when Anglo-American sailors and privateers, left unemployed by the end of the War of the Spanish Succession, turned en masse to piracy in the Caribbean, the North American eastern seaboard, the West African coast, and the Indian Ocean

This period has produced one of the richest bodies of romantic folklore in human history, fuelled by thousands of books, perhaps the most well known being Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”, TV series like the “Black Sail” and movies, the latest being the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. It was also the period that led to the discovery and colonisation of Australia.

The Wean Amateur Picnic Race Club Inc. decided that this would make a great theme for the 2017 race day, as it was an exciting part of history. It also allows a large leeway for guys and gals to create their costumes. Below are some links to expand on the history of the era, and if you go to our fashion page, you will find there plenty of examples of how men and women might have dressed in those times.

The Buccaneer era

The Pirate Round

Post Spanish Succession


For some help dressing in the Buccaneer style, please follow the link below!


This Year's Charity Organisation

The chosen charity organisation for the 2017 Wean Picnic Races is Gunnedah West Rotary Charity Group.

Gunnedah West Rotary are raising funds to undertake a full upgrade of the Pensioners Hill Lookout recreational area, including upgraded access for more disable/senior friendly access, improved facilities and more open access. Please go to the donation page for more information.

The Wean Race committee feel that this is a worthy cause, and ask that patrons donate towards it on race day if they are able.


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