Re­gatta a suc­cess

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

The 2018 Bridge to the Vines Head of the Goul­burn re­gatta is the only race in the world to fin­ish at a win­ery, and this year’s race was staged on Satur­day from the his­toric Chi­na­man’s Bridge just out of Nagam­bie, on the Heath­cote-Gray­town Rd.

This was the 13th an­nual 7.2 km Head of the Goul­burn race and at­tracted crowds of com­peti­tors lo­cally and from fur­ther afield.

Re­gatta sec­re­tary Sue An­drews and event man­ager Louise Roberts did a fan­tas­tic job of co­or­di­nat­ing the event, with more than 850 ath­letes and 170 boats tak­ing part — an at­ten­dance record.

They, along with more than 60 other vol­un­teers from Nagam­bie Row­ing Club and lo­cal fish­er­men, manned the nas­tier snags along the course, were in­stru­men­tal in mak­ing it a fan­tas­tic event and the big­gest on record.

Nagam­bie Row­ing Club did not en­ter any crews this year, as ev­ery­one was needed to vol­un­teer in var­i­ous po­si­tions.

Spec­ta­tors viewed the race along the Goul­burn River from just past the Chi­na­man’s Bridge (10 am to noon) and many saw it fin­ish at his­toric Tah­bilk Win­ery’s Cel­lar Door, with the last boat ar­riv­ing just be­fore 1 pm.

A car­ni­val at­mos­phere was cre­ated with the band Deep Blue from Bendigo en­ter­tain­ing the crowd at the Tah­bilk Win­ery fin­ish­ing area.

A num­ber of lo­cal ven­dors sup­plied re­fresh­ments, and Tah­bilk Cel­lar door also did a roar­ing trade, with city and in­ter­state at­ten­dees sam­pling and tak­ing home some world-class lo­cal prod­uct.

Fowles and Mitchel­ton winer­ies were also rep­re­sented and en­joyed a brisk busi­ness.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Nagam­bie Row­ing Club on their suc­cess­ful re­gatta.

— Di­ane Grant

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