The racing committee led by the Vice Commodore has developed a very thoroughly researched handicap system for the local waters of Goolwa and the lakes. Due to the unique conditions of shallow inland waterways the standard handicap calculations which have been developed for ocean conditions are not an accurate reflection of performance in the Lower Murray Lakes. CBH and Yardstick values developed by GRYC for local conditions may differ from State and National figures.
Full racing facilities are provided by the GRYC including Official Start Boat, crewed by experienced race administrators, Finish Line Officials and a fleet of rescue boats stationed along the course.
Recent years have seen competitor numbers of up to 250, with the Trailer Sailer classes providing the majority of the boats but with strong representation in the River Boat, Catamaran, and Dinghy classes.
With 250 boats on the water, as many as 800 sailors will compete, and they and their friends will enjoy the festivities at Milang on the eve of the race and in Goolwa at the completion of the race.
Competition ages vary from teenagers to over 60 years of age, most of whom come from various parts of South Australia.
Club officers are suitably qualified to manage an event of this size. The combined yacht racing experience of the committee includes administration of National Championship events, Olympic qualifying events etc. The event is supported by Yachting Australia and Yachting South Australia.
Safety of competitors is of paramount concern to Club officials. The race is controlled by the Race Director whose responsibilities include monitoring the prevailing weather conditions and deciding whether or not to start each of the divisions.
Safety is enhanced by:
- Mandatory PFD ( personal flotation device )to be worn by all competitors for the duration of the Race.
- Detailed race instructions and course notes posted to each competitor.
- Utilisation of a large fleet of rescue craft stationed strategically along the course.
- Liaison throughout the race with Sea Rescue and Police.