Monday, 09 October 2017 10:21

‘Lady Nelson’ will guarantee a classic

The Paynesville Classic Boat Rally committee has finalised arrangements for its 2018 rally and entries are now open for owners of classic boats to participate in the event. The event will be held from Friday to Sunday, March 2-4, 2018. With the support of Gippsland Ports and the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club, moorings will be made available to berth approximately 170 classic boats for public viewing and booking early will be essential. “Following the huge success of the inaugural boat rally held last year, the committee has planned a similar program over the weekend with an official launch on the Friday night at the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club,” event chairman, Peter Medling, said. The committee is also excited to announce that the classic sailing schooner, Lady Nelson, based at Hobart, has been specially chartered for the 2018 rally as a feature display and will provide an opportunity for the local community to sail aboard the ship. A once in a lifetime opportunity is being offered for those keen to sail aboard Lady Nelson as a paying passenger on the voyage from Hobart to the Gippsland Lakes or its return voyage. While based at Paynesville, Lady Nelson will also offer day and sunset sailing cruises around Lake Victoria, providing a fantastic opportunity for local sailing enthusiasts, schools, community groups and businesses to take advantage of a very unique classic sailing experience.

“The Lady Nelson will be a huge exhibit of the rally and will complement the feature classic boat events including the two days of expo display village and boat ashore display exhibits in the GLYC car park, foreshore car park and foreshore from the GLYC to the Progress Jetty, a sail past (rally) of classic boats through McMillan Strait on the Saturday morning and a maritime dance on the Saturday night at Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club,” Mr Medling said. “The parade of sail at last year’s event was very spectacular and again will be staged on the Sunday starting at the Raymond Island Ferry with a short course to Lake Victoria and the traditional classic fishing boat race will be held in the early afternoon.” There will be catering at all Paynesville cafés and food venues, outdoor commentary, dockside viewing of many classic boats along jetties from the GLYC, the Fisherman’s Wharf and the Southern Harbours and many vantage points to observe the classic boat events. The spectator facilities are free of charge and all event charges and bookings for entrants or sailing cruises aboard Lady Nelson are available online at the Paynesville classic website.