Milang to Goolwa Freshwater Classic & Goolwa Regatta Week

Entries are now open for The Marina Hindmarsh Island 2015 Milang to Goolwa Freshwater Classic, SA, to be held on January 25, 2015 on a course that starts near the Milang jetty, proceeds across Lake Alexandrina to Point Sturt, and then downstream to the finish line at Goolwa in front of the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club.

Organisers say the Freshwater Classic still holds the record as the largest freshwater yacht race in the southern hemisphere, when 584 boats competed in 1986. Thousands of boats have taken part over the years and it took a decade of drought to halt the race, from 2007 to 2011. It’s hoped next year’s race will top the last event, when 200 boats with more than 1000 sailors competed.

Locky McLaren, Commodore of the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club, suggests those wanting to participate enter early and encourages family and friends to enjoy Goolwa Regatta Week from January 17 to 25, 2015.

“There are some fascinating events throughout the week, with great spectator viewing available, so everyone can get involved,” said McLaren. “The Marina Hindmarsh Island Milang Goolwa Freshwater Classic is a unique and iconic event, held in one of South Australia’s most extensive recreational water playgrounds. Goolwa Regatta Week helps showcase the lakes, river and Hindmarsh Island as tourist attractions.”

The race and regatta are open to various off-the-beach monohull and catamaran classes, trailer-sailers, large multihull yachts, along with wooden vintage river boats and the historic Restricted 21 racing wooden boats – among them some of Australia’s oldest wooden boats still actively racing.

For more, go to: goolwaregattaweek.com.au.

Milang to Goolwa Freshwater Classic & Goolwa Regatta Week
Photo: Chris Caffin, Canvas Sails

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