As you will be crossing the main boating channel at some point, this course requires you to know your port & starboard channel markers. For your own safety you should know the ‘Rules of the Road’ on the water, in particular keeping to the starboard (right hand) side of waterways and ensuring you leave enough space for on-coming vessels to pass on your port (left hand) side.
Directions - click plus ⊕ for more detail
Leg 1. (1.2km)
This ceremonial start to the event is intended to provide any on-shore spectators with a bit of a spectacle by keeping the participant fleet together as much as possible for the start of the event. Once the Vogalonga fleet has arrived in full at the Wharf, the Master of Ceremonies will facilitate an Alza Remi – a ceremonial ‘raising of the oars’ salute to Venice and Goolwa.
Under the direction of the Master of Ceremonies, starting from the GAC with everyone keeping together, cruise behind the lead boats along the Goolwa shoreline to the Hindmarsh Island bridge keeping as close as possible to PORT (left hand shoreline).
A Closed Waters permit will be obtained to facilitate this ceremonial aspect of the event.
All participant craft are to remain behind the designated lead vessels for this SLOW leg from the GAC to the Wharf precinct and follow the instructions of the Master of Ceremonies travelling in a pace boat at the head of the fleet.
There are plenty of fantastic spectator viewing locations, especially the Goolwa Wharf and the south walkway of the Hindmarsh Island (Kumerangk) bridge.
Leg 2. (0.65km)
Pass under the bridge between the shoreline and the first pylon and then turn to starboard around the first Course Boat and head across to the second Course Boat.
Important: As you are now crossing the main navigational channel, please be aware of any powered vessels using this channel.
Leg 3. (0.7km)
Turn to port around the second Course Boat and head upstream along the shoreline towards the third Course Boat.
Note that this is quite shallow water. (~1.5m).
Leg 4. (0.6km)
Turn around the third Course Boat and head directly across the channel. At the other side of the channel is a public boat ramp if required.
Important: As you approach the mid-point of this leg you will be crossing the main navigational channel.
Please note the channel markers and be aware of any powered vessels using this channel.
Leg 5. (1.15km)
Head back toward the bridge keeping close to the shoreline.
Keep an eye out for the 3 shipwrecks along this shoreline!
Leg 6. (1.2km)
Head under the bridge and return to the finish at the GAC keeping close to the shoreline.
Remember to check back in to confirm your safe arrival and collect your lunch voucher.