The 2018 Bridge to the Vines Head of the Goulburn regatta is the only race in the world to finish at a winery, and this year’s race was staged on Saturday from the historic Chinaman’s Bridge just out of Nagambie, on the Heathcote-Graytown Rd.
This was the 13th annual 7.2km Head of the Goulburn race and attracted crowds of competitors locally and from further afield.
Regatta secretary Sue Andrews and event manager Louise Roberts did a fantastic job of co-ordinating the event, with more than 850 athletes and 170 boats taking part — an attendance record.
They, along with more than 60 other volunteers from Nagambie Rowing Club and local fishermen, manned the nastier snags along the course, were instrumental in making it a fantastic event and the biggest on record.
Nagambie Rowing Club did not enter any crews this year, as everyone was needed to volunteer in various positions.
Spectators viewed the race along the Goulburn River from just past the Chinaman’s Bridge (10am to noon) and many saw it finish at historic Tahbilk Winery’s Cellar Door, with the last boat arriving just before 1pm.
A carnival atmosphere was created with the band Deep Blue from Bendigo entertaining the crowd at the Tahbilk Winery finishing area.
A number of local vendors supplied refreshments, and Tahbilk Cellar door also did a roaring trade, with city and interstate attendees sampling and taking home some world-class local product.
Fowles and Mitchelton wineries were also represented and enjoyed a brisk business.
Congratulations to Nagambie Rowing Club on their successful regatta.
— Diane Grant