The Steamers Run

posted Feb 29, 2020, 3:44 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 1, 2020, 1:09 PM ]
The Paynesville crew sent the following report of their row across the Gippsland Lakes. 

LBT rowers follow the Steamers Run to Paynesville and join in the Paynesville Classic Boat Rally.  

A team of 6 intrepid rowers, one cox and ground support joined the inaugural raid of the ;St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia (SASCRAA). 

Day One.
Our team of 6 rowers were allocated to the boats; FAST Messenger, Warrnambool, De Mirrie Dancer, Marlo, Cariad, Melbourne, and the Mordialloc Boat, Melbourne. 

We rowed down the fast flowing Thompson River from the Port of Sale through the man made canal, under the historic swing bridge, past the swimming snake, under the two wedge tail edges, entertained by the fly past by the dazzling Roulettes.We were frequently accompanied by a squadron of pelicans. Total distance 17 km. We camped for the night on Heart Morass Reserve by the river, catered by the Sales Lions Club BBQ. 

Day Two.
Swapping boats we enjoyed the company of new friends. Day two was the big row, what luck we had a following wind! Lake Wellington, accompanied by pods of dolphins only found in this area, We rowed for 14km, a short stop at Plovers Beach before entering McLennan Straight for 8km, this time accompanied by March flies and more dolphins. The day was not yet over! After lunch at Holland’s Landing, we rowed across Lake Victoria, successfully negotiating the chop for 10km to Loch Sport. A total of 30 plus km and six hours of rowing. 

The Loch Sport Boat Club excelled in hosting us for the night, great food and superb hospitality.  

Day Three.
Fully enjoying the camaraderie of our wider skiffie community and heading for a soft bed, we surfed a challenging swell across the waters of Lake Victoria to our destination- Paynesville. TV camera, cheers from the spectators and the Yacht Club hooter welcomed us in to the marina.

74 km in all, we represented the LBT with panache. 

Day Four. 
The start of the rally with a Grand Parade, the St Ayles Skiff were placed second in the parade, more glory.

Totally fabulous four days, awesome adventure. Thanks to Patrick Groote the SASCRAA President. Next Steamers Run in two years time, 2022.

A few pictures below. 

Directions at our destination (Paynesville) - glad we didn't have to turn around and row to Sale. 

At the start: Port of Sale. 

Crossing the lake  (pic from Pat Groot)

Staying at Loch Sport (pic from Pat Groot) 

At the finish: Paynesville. 

Waiting for the parade:  Mordialloc Skiff. 

There were other boats too. 

Mordialloc ran a come and try - always popular