Over 1,000 years of yacht history lines up for the Vintage & Restricted 21 Division in Milang-Goolwa Yacht race
* Another highlight of our Australia Day Long Weekend celebrations
There’s rarely been a sailing race starting line like this in Australia – boats with a combined age of around 1,000 years of history, lining up in just one division for the Milang-Goolwa Freshwater Classic on January 27, 2018.
There may be around 150 other yachts in the race – but Goolwa’s fleet of Vintage Riverboats and Restricted 21 Class yachts are something special. It’s an amazing fact of river life that these boats have survived and continue to thrive at Goolwa, rescued from around Australia. Goolwa’s fleet of Vintage Yachts is one of the finest in Australia – and are raced year round.
For the first time, the powerful Restricted 21 Class will have its own division 1A in the famous Milang-Goolwa – a 50km race across Lake Alexandrina and down the River Murray to Goolwa. Five Restricted 21s will be racing with 11 Vintage River Boats from Milang to Goolwa, starting at 0900 on Saturday.
In Goolwa, these powerful boats are never treated like classic collectibles – they are raced most weeks and in mixed company against modern fibreglass and even carbon fibre yachts.
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 race links the three lake and riverside towns of Milang, Clayton and Goolwa in a singular event, all the communities are involved in the staging of community events, and the whole course offers spectacular viewing. “The race draws attention at holiday time to the Southern Fleurieu, where the Lower Lakes, the River Murray and the Coorong form the most extensive and exciting waterways and recreational playgrounds,’’ Lyn said.
Information on our Milang-Goolwa Race page; or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Further enquiries to GRYC Commodore Lyn Roberts, 0438 275 576
Media support, Mike O’Reilly, 0414 882 505 ~ email@example.com
TV News Editors: Aerial Video by South Coast Helicopters available to media.
Background on these boats: Australian National Maritime Museum:
Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club: http://www.gryc.com.au/photography/restricted-21s/