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Warrnambool vs Moyne

2018 South West Regatta

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

City pride will be on the line at the 2018 South West Regatta.

Not only will teams travel from Tasmania, South Australia and across Victoria to compete, Warrnambool City and Moyne Shire councillors will join more than 150 competitors on the Hopkins River near Proudfoots Boathouse on February 24 and 25.

The Victorian St Ayles Skiff Championships will take place on Saturday while the Australian Whaleboat Racing Championships will be contested on Sunday, with men’s, women’s and mixed teams in action.

Racing will begin at 10am each day with finals to be held approximately 3.30pm.

The councillors will crew whaleboats and vie for the Council Cup at noon on Sunday.

Warrnambool Mayor Robert Anderson said that the regatta highlighted the health benefits of rowing as well as the picturesque riverside location.

“Rowing is a fantastic form of exercise, it’s a lot of fun and some of the region’s most idyllic natural spaces can only be seen from a boat,” he said.

“While the regatta is all about enjoying a great day on the river in an affable environment, there are state and national titles on the line, so the races are always eagerly contested.

“The course length is about 1km and the banks of the Hopkins River near Proudfoots Boathouse will make for the perfect spot to take in the excitement.

“It’s always nice to be able to catch up with our counterparts in Moyne, and if we can get one over them in the whaleboats, so much the better.”

Whaleboats are crewed by five rowers and a sweep while the slightly smaller skiffs have four rowers and a sweep.

A novelty race will be held at 10am on Saturday where a whaleboat will be raced against a St Ayles Skiff and a dragonboat to see which is the superior vessel.

Saturday will also see a wooden boat expo showcasing some exquisite hand-crafted vessels, including a Huon pine whaleboat and a Herreshoff dinghy.

The South West Regatta is free for spectators to attend.

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