Big build-up for re­gatta

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sports -

An­tic­i­pa­tion is build­ing and most ac­com­mo­da­tion in Dim­boola is booked out ahead of this week­end’s 131st an­nual Dim­boola Re­gatta.

Dim­boola Row­ing Club mem­bers have worked hard to en­sure the event, which has at­tracted en­tries from across Vic­to­ria and in­ter­state, is a suc­cess.

Club cap­tain Jenni Brand said the town would play host to 257 ath­letes for Satur­day’s 750-me­tre re­gatta, with 205 row­ers set to com­pete in Sun­day’s 6.2-kilo­me­tre Head of the Wim­mera time trial.

She said num­bers were up slightly from last year.

“We’ve got en­tries from Bendigo, Corio Bay, Essendon, Hamil­ton, Hor­sham, Nagam­bie, quite a few Mel­bourne clubs and a few from South Aus­tralia,” she said.

“From our own club we’ve got 18 en­tries, which is the most we’ve had for quite a num­ber of years.

“In the girls races, Hor­sham and Dim­boola will be com­pet­ing against each other, which is fan­tas­tic.”

Rac­ing on Satur­day will start at 8am and con­clude at about 6pm.

The Head of the Wim­mera time tri­als will start at 11am and fin­ish by 1pm on Sun­day.

Ms Brand said an­tic­i­pa­tion for the re­gatta was build­ing in Dim­boola.

“It’s al­ways a huge week­end for the lo­cals,” she said.

“A lot of peo­ple come home for the week­end and en­joy the rac­ing.

“Most of the ac­com­mo­da­tion is booked out, so it has raised a good bit of in­come for the town.”

Ms Brand said club mem­bers had worked tire­lessly to pre­pare for the re­gatta.

“It’s been a big cou­ple of weeks,” she said. “Be­ing a smaller club, we rely on ev­ery­one to do more than one job.”

An egg and ba­con break­fast will be avail­able on both days, with a bar­be­cue from 10am to 3pm on Satur­day and a bar­be­cue lunch at the fin­ish of rac­ing on Sun­day.

A two-course meal will be avail­able for $30 for adults and $15 for chil­dren 12 and un­der on Satur­day night.

Lim­ited meals are avail­able, and those want­ing to re­serve a place can call Pauline Thomp­son on 0408 891 415.

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