Friday, 02 March 2018 09:01

Lady Nelson star of the rally

The magnificent Lady Nelson is in Paynesville for this weekend’s Paynesville Classic Boat Rally. In an historic occasion for the Gippsland Lakes and Paynesville Classic Boat Rally, the tall ship’s arrival in the Lakes marks what will be an eventful stay for the Hobart-based ship. The Lady Nelson will be moored at the Paynesville Main Wharf until March 7 before departing for Hobart on March 8 after 10 days in East Gippsland. Master Malcolm Riley spoke about his love and passion for the ship. “Even though I don’t own the boat I feel like a custodian of it as it has been such a big part of me for so long,” he said. The Lady Nelson has approximately 2500 metres (2.5km) of rope on board and 11 sails, which all play a key role. Malcolm also described what he thought of Paynesville and the Gippsland Lakes. “The area is unbelievable, the people have been so kind towards us ever since we arrived and have just made us feel welcome.

“They have given us great support and have really enjoyed the boat. “I wish to come back to the area for a weeks holiday when I have more free time on my hands, but from what I have seen you people live in a pretty special area,” he said. There are 10 crew members who have come across from Tasmania, all volunteers who do it for a passion. During her visit, the Lady Nelson will offer 90-minute sunset sails on Lake Victoria today through to Monday (all sold out). She will be part of the sail past tomorrow and the parade of sail on Sunday, and also two-hour and 90- minute sail. Patrons will also be able to take a passage back in time with a sail to Metung and back, all the while enjoying a unique and unforgettable day on the pristine waters of the Gippsland Lakes. Fishcare East Gippsland will be hosting seminars in the children’s entertainment area throughout the weekend.