historic-regatta-returns-to-inverlochSouth Gippsland Yacht Club member Wayne Smith assists in raising the Regatta flags in town on the weekend. The Inverloch Wooden Dinghy Regatta will be held over the Australia Day weekend.

ALONG with other South Gippsland coastal towns, Inverloch held a Regatta Day during summer when crowds came to view the boats on the Inlet, picnic on the beach or under the trees, watch the foot races on the wide sandy beach or the entertainment at the pier.
Among these entertainments were the diving contests from the end of the pier to retrieve enamel plates that had been thrown into the deep water, or climbing out along the greasy pole without falling into the water.
Inverloch was even the first town in Victoria to have a swimsuit competition.
The visitors to these regatta days came considerable distances by horse or horse drawn vehicles over unsealed roads as did the early motor vehicles.
These cars quite often found the last part of the track from the Esplanade Hotel corner to the pier had a sandy patch that had been softened by the local young boys who then just happened to appear and earned some pocket money by helping push the car through the soft patch.
Nowadays there is no trouble travelling to Inverloch and the South Gippsland Yacht Club is anticipating many guests to visit for the Wooden Dinghy Regatta over the Australia Day long weekend.
Wooden dinghies will be on display and raced on Australia Day at the Inverloch club.
The regatta will exhibit examples of wooden dinghies once sailed around Victorian beaches but now quite rare.
It will also recognise the history of the International Moth Class dinghy, a class Len Morris developed in Inverloch in 1928 which is now sailed around the world.
The 2014 regatta is anticipated to be the first of an annual event for Inverloch, as it was in the past.
For more information, check out the display at the Inverloch Community Centre, or contact coordinators Wayne Smith 0418 538 407 or Andrew Chapman 5674 1266.