Your First Milang – Goolwa Freshwater Classic?
Here are a few tips and suggestions to make your adventure easier
The majority of the race fleet sail from Goolwa to Milang on the day before the race, leaving their trailer at Goolwa for their return. However, you can launch your boat at either Goolwa (at the GRYC ramp) or at Milang. The carpark at the GRYC will be available for rigging and launching boats but there are limited temporary mooring facilities at the Club at Goolwa. A designated parking area for trailers at Goolwa is available opposite the club. The ramp at Milang has recently been dredged but trailer parking and the area for rigging boats is limited.
The Trip to Milang
Please be aware that the water levels around Lake Alexandrina and the Goolwa Channel from Goolwa to Point Sturt can vary significantly depending on wind strength and direction. It is suggested that boats follow the channel especially in areas around the mouth of Currency Creek and in the vicinity of Rat Island. The area around Point Sturt is generally of a consistent shallow depth with no clearly defined channel.
Anchoring at Milang
You can either moor by running into and tying up to the reeds a little way off the shoreline to the south of the jetty or by anchoring stern first along the beach in front of the shacks. Do not attempt to moor alongside the jetty. Water Taxi Boat Service A shuttle boat service will operate to ferry crew to and from boats anchored in the reeds (gold coin donation per trip). This service will operate from 1400 Hrs to 2200Hrs on Saturday and again from 0600 Hrs to 0900Hrs on Sunday. Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to return to your boat on the morning of the race as this service is very well patronised.
Overnight at Milang
The Milang Regatta Club will be open with events held after the race.
Good luck and have an enjoyable experience
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