Nagambie and its surrounds will play host to the annual Head of the Goulburn rowing regatta on Saturday, with plenty of local talent vying for success.
The 7.2km race from Chinaman’s Bridge to Tahbilk Winery is expected to attract close to 2000 competitors and supporters along the banks of the Goulburn River.
Billed as ‘‘The world’s only regatta that finishes at a winery’’, the Bridge to the Vines will showcase everything Nagambie has to offer from 10am to about 1pm as rowers of all ages compete for supremacy.
School exams have played havoc with Shepparton Rowing Club’s entry list to the event, but it will still boat rowers in four categories.
James Eldred, Michael Eldred, Jack Puise, Nick Walker and James Darbyshire (cox) will contest the D-grade coxed quad scull, while James Worsfold and Toby Crichton will race in the D-grade single scull.
Worsfold is returning to the event after three years, while Crichton’s endurance should hold him in good stead if he can negotiate the sweeping bends of the course.
Tom Schier has stepped up to the C-grade single scull after coming second in the lower class last year — covering the long distance in the fastest time of any Shepparton sculler or crew since 2012.
The host club will also have a keen interest in proceedings, with Olivia Thomson — who moved across to Nagambie Rowing Club this season from Shepparton — rowing in the D-grade coxed quad.
Julia Finnigan, also from Nagambie, is the favourite to win the women’s C-grade single scull after claiming victory last Saturday at the Bendigo Sprint Regatta.