For the first time in 44 years - the Milang-Goolwa Yacht Race is on a Saturday celebrating the Australia Day long weekend 2018
Entry is now open for the Milang-Goolwa Freshwater Classic. The race will be held on Saturday 27 January 2017. It will be a spectacular finale for Goolwa Regatta Week.
Leading up to the race the Goolwa Regatta Week starts on Saturday 20 January 2018, with a variety of community events catering for sailors and for all visitors to Goolwa.
The Milang Goolwa Freshwater Classic is a must-do race every year for hundreds of sailing families from around the State and further afield. The 2017 race attracted almost 200 boats, with more than 1,000 crew members competing, since most boats have 4 or more crew people.
There will be 10 Divisions in 2018, catering for many off-the-beach monohull and catamaran classes as well as family trailer-sailor and larger multihull yachts, along with wooden Vintage River Boats and the historic Restricted 21 wooden racing yachts competing in their own division for the first time. The Restricted 21s are Australia’s oldest and fastest wooden boats still actively racing as a single class. And Goolwa has Australia’s biggest and most competitive fleet.
The race starts near historic Milang jetty, proceeds across SA’s largest inland waterway, Lake Alexandrina, to a turn at Point Sturt, and downstream past Clayton cliffs to the finish at Goolwa, a distance of 50 km. The Classic is again being sponsored by The Marina Hindmarsh Island through its new owners Mill Hill Capital.
Thousands of spectators and boaties follow and watch the race unfold vantage points on-shore and from hundreds of moored boats along the spectacular scenic route downstream to Goolwa.
Lyn Roberts, Commodore of the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club, urged competitors to enter and to encourage family and friends to enjoy Goolwa Regatta Week. “There are some fascinating events throughout the week that everyone can get involved with, and great spectator viewing is available.”
“The Milang Goolwa Freshwater Classic is an iconic event, held in SA’s best recreational water playgrounds. Goolwa Regatta Week helps to showcase the Lower Murray lakes, the River Murray, Hindmarsh Island and the Coorong waterways as a significant tourist attraction,” Lyn Roberts said.
The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are now available on the Goolwa Regatta Week website on the Race Entry page.
Further media interview & enquiries to
Commodore Lyn Roberts, 0438275576
Media Support: Mike O’Reilly, 0414 882 505 ~ Photos + Artwork for media.