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Come and try whale boat and skiff rowing

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Anyone looking for an oar-some way to improve their fitness while enjoying the beautiful Hopkins River is encouraged to get on board the South West Regatta.

Come and try days are being held on November 11 and 18.

The regatta, to be held on March 2 and 3, will incorporate the Australian Whale Boat Racing Championships and the Victorian St Ayles Skiff Championships.

Whale boats and skiffs are wooden rowing boats. Whale boats are slightly larger than skiffs and have six crew members, whereas a skiff has five.

Warrnambool City Council Events and Promotions Coordinator Bec Elmes said that training for the event could be just as much fun as competing.

“No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided,” she said.

“The boats are available for team practice sessions from now right through to the regatta in March, so you have four months to enjoy rowing on the Hopkins River with your friends while building up your fitness.”

“Whether you are looking to be the national champion in a sport you have never tried, or you are just looking for a fitness goal with a difference, the South West Regatta is for you.

“The regatta is contested in a really friendly spirit and the course is only one kilometre, which is about five minutes of rowing.

“At the come and try days we will have experienced rowers to show you the ropes.”

The come and try sessions will run from 10.30am until 12:30pm on the Hopkins River near Proudfoots Boathouse.

To register your interest or for more information email wracing [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au or call Rebecca Elmes 5559 4800.

 

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