Next weekend, 1st and 2nd September, there is to be a rowing regatta in Bairnsdale. Since we moved here from Canberra we have been interested to see the number of schools that bring their students to Bairnsdale for what would appear to be rowing camps. Particularly towards the end of the school year in December there are often students camped in the caravan park close to the river. The students can also be seen rowing on the Tambo River which flows alongside the Metung Road.
It isn’t summer at the moment but next weekend sees a regatta in Bairnsdale. The Bairnsdale Rowing Club was established in 1872 but over the years declined and was wound up in 1965 with the boats being sold to Daramalan College in Canberra, (coincidentally the school my son attended and where my brother-in-law was deputy principal). Recently the club has been revived (I’m not sure when) and it looks as though it is going from strength to strength. Last week there was an article in the Bairnsdale Advertiser informing us of the newly built rowing platform and access path on the Mitchell River, all to help in celebrating 140 years of the club.