Big boat weekend ahead

The EC Griffith Cup boat races and Yarrawonga Fair event continue to grow in popularity alongside a carnival atmosphere attracting thousands of people for three days.

The 2022 EC Griffith Cup carnival this weekend will see Lake Mulwala host a full program of races for a variety of boat classes over three big days.

Lake Mulwala has a long and proud history with motorboat racing and in 2010 hosted the Hydroplane Grand Prix World Championships.

Meanwhile, on the shore, Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism and Business (YMTB) hopes to create a cohesive atmosphere with the Valley Field event in Canada with side show fairways and thrill rides for children of all ages. ages, bar facilities for 18+ and static displays.

This three-day event is free for all and is a great opportunity for families across the region to enjoy the festivities on the foreshore as well as watch boat races in a COVID safe environment on the vast foreshore.

Noel Wright, managing director of Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism and Business (YMTB), expects this year’s event, to be held April 22-24, to be “the biggest on the annual Yarrawonga Mulwala calendar. for the coming years”.

Last year, large crowds of people flocked to the Yarrawonga and Mulwala foreshores to watch the speedboat races while enjoying the atmosphere and hospitality offered by the Yarrawonga Fair on the lawns of the foreshore of Yarrawonga.

Reminiscent of the days when boat racing took place on New Years Day, huge crowds flocked to the foreshore last April for the success of the 2021 EC Griffith Cup boat racing event and Foreshore Fair.

“We are now anticipating another big event and the economic benefits will hopefully return.

“We expect the type of racing from the boats to be as good or even better than last year.

“There will also be a Sunday Farmer’s Market, a performance alley and kiddie rides, a selection of food vendors, a licensed bar and great static displays. It should be a great opportunity for families from across the region to enjoy the festivities and watch exciting boat races on the vast foreshore.

The EC Griffith Cup final will take place around 3.30pm on Sunday. The cup is named after the trophy donor, Earnest Charles Griffith, who in 1910 presented a hand-beaten solid silver trophy for the Australasian Championship.

Boats can be of any design to contest the cup, as long as they are on board and powered by a single automobile engine.

The event is usually the domain of Grand Prix Hydroplanes, the world’s fastest circuit racing boats that roar through the water at surface speeds in excess of 280 km per hour.

For more information, contact the Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourist Information Center on 03 5744 1989. The Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourist Information Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week and proudly offers several events to benefit Yarrawonga Mulwala .

Earnest A. Martinez