Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I enter crew names?
Use the Register Now registration page to add all crew details.
When will registrations open?
Registrations for the inaugural Vogalonga Down Unda are now open via this website. Online registrations close at 11:59PM on 25 April 2020.
How much are the registration fees?
The registration fees for the inaugural Vogalonga Down Unda on 26 April 2020 are;-
– $25 for adults 18 and over
– $20 for juniors aged 15 – 17 years
– $10 for children under 15.
The companions of Companion Card holders accompanying a registered person with a disability are FREE. Please contact the Event Organizer on 0415448657 to secure a Promo Code before you register your companion.
Any non-rowing or non-paddling passengers aboard any craft will be required to pay the relevant registration fee according to their age.
What information is required for participant registration?
• For all participants and passengers (if any) – First name, last name, address, postcode, suburb, country, state, Date of Birth to determine age group for applicable registration fee, contact telephone number, email address, acknowledgement of suitable fitness to participate safely, contact in case of emergency.
• For each boat: Crew name (if applicable), type of boat, preferred course, level of ability and experience in the craft to be used for the event.
Each craft whether for an individual or crew may be assigned a boat number.
I didn’t receive an email for the confirmation of my registration. What should I do?
Where and when can I collect my/our pre-ordered inaugural event T-shirts?
If you purchased any inaugural event T-shirts as part of the registration process, you can collect them when you check-in on the day of the event at the Goolwa Aquatic Club, 92 Barrage Road, Goolwa. The registration office will be open from 7am on the day of the event 26 April 2020. Please remember to bring the copy of your confirmed registration/E-ticket and invoice as proof of purchase.
Is there any storage area for small craft?
Small boats can be left overnight from Saturday 25.04.20 to Sunday 26.4.20 in the car park next to the GAC. Overnight surveillance is not guaranteed. Participants leave their trailers and vehicles unattended at their own risk.
Where can we launch our boats/craft?
Refer to this map of the Goolwa Aquatic Club precinct which indicates the recommended locations to launch your craft. Please note that certain areas are intended for use by those launching larger craft such as dragonboats or surf boats whereas those launching smaller craft (kayaks, canoes, SUPs etc.) are requested to use other areas. Parking of vehicles and trailers may be at a different location to drop off/launching areas. Given the likely large number of participants and craft involved, please launch and park in the designated areas according to your craft type.
Click here for a map of other nearby boat slips for launching craft.
What about big boat mooring?
We suggest that you contact local rowing or sailing clubs for larger boat mooring options, however, boats under sail will not be allowed to participate in the event itself.
Is it possible to rent a boat or kayak?
For boat rental we suggest you contact local rowing or dragon boat associations in South Australia through Rowing SA or Dragon Boat SA.
If you would like to hire a kayak locally, you can contact Brenton at Canoe the Coorong or email
Where can we park cars and trailers?
There is ample parking for cars and trailers including the main car park next to the GAC. Please refer to the GAC Precinct Map to find the recommended parking area for your type of craft. Please observe street signs for any on-street parking limits and respect local residents right of ease of access to their properties.
Is it possible to change the crew members along the way during the event itself?
Yes but only properly registered participants can substitute for other registered crew members. Any event materials (posters, T-shirts, medals, certificates etc.) will only be issued according to the original number of registered participant fees paid for the relevant boat or craft.
Is it possible to leave or withdraw from the event in advance?
You can withdraw from the event at any time. However, medals and certificates will only be given of those who complete either the Main Course or the Short Course and who reach the finish line at the GAC where finishers will receive those items.
Is there a Dress Code?
There are no rules about clothing for this event, however, all participants must adhere to the South Australian recreational boating regulations which requires the correct life jacket to be worn unless a specific exemption applies.
If relevant, you may wear promotional T-shirts or other apparel relating to any entities sponsoring your boat or crew. Crews are encouraged to create a team ‘look’ and/or to decorate their boat/craft as they see fit without causing any litter or damage to the local environment or creating a hazard to local bird and aquatic life. Consider the environment in which you will be rowing but by all means have fun. Subject to sponsorship, there may be prizes for the best presented boat and/or crew.
Will there be other craft on the water not participating in the event?
The Vogalonga Downunda will NOT be a closed water event. As such, there may be other vessels on the water during the event including sailed or motorized vessels.
All vessels must abide by relevant speed limits & rules relating to shared marine areas.
Designated safety craft will be on the water during the event to prevent any motorized boats from interfering with participating event craft.
Members of the public who are not participating in the event may also wish to access a public boat slip or ramp to launch their boats. Your patience and cooperation would be appreciated in these circumstances. Allow sufficient time to launch your craft to ensure that you are able to muster at the event starting point (the GAC) in good time for the collective start of the event at 9.00am.
All on-water craft (whether participating in the event or not) will be required to keep to the right in any case unless crossing the river directly from the GAC to Hindmarsh Island and return. Assistance will be offered to all participating craft along the prescribed course of the event.
What if the weather is bad?
In the event of adverse weather conditions (e.g. rain or strong winds) the event will proceed regardless as happens in Venice itself occasionally, so bring appropriate wet weather gear if necessary. An Officer of the Day appointed by the Event Organizers in consultation with the local SA Marine Safety Officer may delay the start of the event if necessary. Participants will have the option to do the Short Course (once or twice if desired) through the fully protected quays and canals on Hindmarsh Island or undertake the Main Course at their own discretion. Certificates of Completion will be awarded to all crews including those who decide to only complete the Short Course under these circumstances. You will still be making history after all.
Will there be on-course signage?
Where necessary marker buoys will be placed to indicate where to turn left on the Main Course and where any permanent obstacles along the course may exist.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
THERE WILL BE NO CANCELLATION
Every year in Venice, the Vogalonga goes ahead regardless of the prevailing weather conditions and, in keeping with that tradition, our event will go ahead even in the event of rain. A hail storm might delay the start temporarily but the event will not be cancelled except in extremely unsafe circumstances such as a meteor shower, nuclear war, alien invasion or something similar. Even then, some of us might still want to go for a row.
In the event of strong winds that might pose a risk to participants, the start time of the event may be postponed for a brief period by the Officer of the Day until conditions are safe to proceed. The Main Course as shown on this site is indicative of the route to be taken in fine conditions, however, the exact route may change in response to the prevailing wind direction and wind strength at the scheduled start time for the event. For example, it may be decided – in consultation with the local SA Marine Safety Officer – that the optimal route would be out and back along a particular shoreline where the winds are not as strong rather than always keeping to the right of the Goolwa Channel in the direction of travel. Alternatively, participants will have the option to undertake the Short Course in the protected waters of the Hindmarsh Island Marina possibly launching from the boat ramp within the Marina in order to avoid a crossing of the Goolwa Channel with the risk of capsizing in strong winds. Particpants opting for this option would then need to return to the GAC at some point to receive the complementary lunch included in the registration fee.
Ultimately, individuals and crews should make their own decision as to whether or not they can manage the prevailing weather conditions at the time and which course they wish to take if at all.
The organizers are not required to provide a refund if you change your mind about participating in the event due to forecasted weather conditions, however, we will consider a partial refund within the following pre-event time frames;-
– Up to 30 days before the date of the event, we will offer a full refund excluding the Register Now booking fee.
– Up to 14 days before the date of event, we will offer a 50% refund of the registration fee excluding the Register Now booking fee and 100% of any pre-paid merchandise. Any merchandise purchased (e.g. event T-shirts) as part of your registration cannot be refunded after this time as a supply order for that merchandise will have already been sent.
– No refunds for any pre-ordered/pre-paid merchandise will be offered within 14 days of the event. These items would be available for collection at the GAC on the day of the event or could be posted on request.
– Within 14 days to the date of the event, it is at the organizer’s discretion whether or not to issue a partial or any refund of registration fees paid. Alternatively, your registration fee could be credited towards your participation in the following year’s event.
Health & First Aid
Is a medical certificate required?
The Vogalonga Downunda is NOT a competitive race nor is it an athletic event as such but it does require a reasonable level of fitness, especially if undertaking the longer Main Course. A medical certificate is not required, however, all registered participants accept personal responsibility for their fitness to participate safely in the event and must sign a Waiver (including acknowledging electronically during registration) to that effect. If in doubt as to your level of fitness to participate, contact your general practitioner.
Will First Aid be available?
Yes. St John Ambulance members will operate a post at the GAC for anyone requiring first aid assistance. Any participant requiring first aid while participating on-water in the event will be transported to the St John First Aid post as quickly as possible by on-course support vessels and safety crews including Victor Harbor Sea Rescue Squadron.