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Boats from across Australia gather for Yorke Peninsula’s Saltwater Classic

April 2, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Yorke Peninsula’s Saltwater Classic in Stansbury and Port Vincent this weekend (5 and 6 April) will bring together wooden and classic boats and their owners from across South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

With more than 60 beautifully restored vessels on show, along with a spectator fleet, this year’s event will be the biggest and most diverse since its inception in 2003.

Supporting the on-water events in Stansbury and Port Vincent on Saturday and Sunday will be an entertaining range of foreshore displays including vintage cars, motorbikes and caravans, historic stationary engines, arts, crafts and local produce.

On shore highlights will include the award-winning Stansbury Seaside Markets on Saturday and performances from the Royal Australian Navy Band in Port Vincent on Sunday.

There will be many opportunities for people to view the wooden and classic boats with grand parades on the water in Stansbury and Port Vincent.

The traditional Saltwater Classic run will see the boats depart from Stansbury at 2.00pm on Saturday arriving at the Port Vincent marina at about 4.00pm. The public can also access the marina to view the boats on Sunday morning.

Yorke Peninsula’s Saltwater Classic Chairman, Colin Germein, said the event was now recognised nationally among enthusiasts of old-style boats.

“We have established a regular fleet of participants and this year we will warmly welcome many newcomers who have responded to a widespread marketing and promotional campaign for the event,” Colin said.

“Apart from Yorke Peninsula and Adelaide entries, we will have participants from many towns along the River Murray from Goolwa and the Lower Lakes to Wentworth in New South Wales, Victor Harbor, and the South East of South Australia.

“We have entrants from Victoria and as far away as Golden Beach in Queensland.

“This clearly demonstrates the growing profile of Yorke Peninsula’s Saltwater Classic as a significant tourism event promoting the sister towns of Stansbury and Port Vincent and the region as a whole.

“It is a community-based event driven by volunteers, but with valued support from the South Australian Tourism Commission and Yorke Peninsula Tourism, along with sponsors and supporters who help us to present a memorable event.”

Vessels participating this year feature some dating back almost 80 years with many from the last era of wooden boat building in the 1950s. There are also beautifully restored vessels from the beginning of the fibreglass construction era in the 1960s.

The names of some famous boat builders – including Stenross, Clausen, Searles and Barclay – will be kept “afloat” over the weekend. Some of the boats feature sail configurations while others are powered from the past with engines including Blaxland, Simplex, Penguin, Stuart Turner, Lister, Nanni, Ford Ten, Clae and British Seagull.

One of the most fascinating vessels will be Flaming Galah, a former lightweight sharpie sailing dinghy that has been converted to a steam launch by her owner John Draper of Echunga.

“People participating in the event have beautifully restored and maintained their vessels, with some making fascinating design adjustments,” Colin Germein said.

“Each of them has a strong connection with boating from the past and this aligns very much with our own objective of celebrating our maritime heritage.

“We are looking forward to welcoming big crowds of people at Stansbury and Port Vincent over the weekend and providing another entertaining program.”

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