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Catch a taste for river racing
Do you sometimes gaze out to sea and long to be blown by the salt breeze and feel the waves rocking the deck beneath your feet? Then the Milang-Goolwa Freshwater Classic , sponsored by the Marina Hindmarsh, is the place to be. Here you can dream about being part of the action and zipping through the water as you watch the yachts leave Milang, race across Lake Alexandrina, and follow the River Murray to Goolwa.
For a race that started out as friendly rivalry between Bill A. and Bill B. ('My boat is faster than your boat') and their yachts Esther and Edith, the competition has become an important community event spanning 44 years. In 1986 it was the largest freshwater yacht race in the southern hemisphere, with 584 boats racing the course. Low water levels cancelled the race for five years between 2007 and 2011 and numbers of race competitors are slowly building up again. There were 209 entries in 2013.
Yachts leave Milang at 9am Sunday the 26th of January and the day finishes with presentations at Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club at 7.30pm.
There are other community events in the week leading up to Australia Day, including 'Come and Try Rowing', 'Come and Try Dragon Boats', A BBQ Cook-Off, a Gadbug Ride, a Vintage and Sports Car Display, a Vintage Yacht Race and Remote Controlled Yacht Races.