Mildura Weekly : Friday March 6 2015 Vol 9 No 17
24 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015 Historic boats register honour for our Rothbury • From Page 22 The Rothbury is nearly 27 metres long (88 feet) and is 5.7 metres (19 feet) wide at the waterline. The width across the top of the paddles is nearly 10 metres (32 feet). She weighs in at 90 tonnes, and is licensed to carry 175 passengers. In 1896, the Rothbury was involved in a famous tow- ing race against the P.S. South Australia on the Darling River at Wilcannia. The race was held over a measured distance with each boat towing an- other steamer with its paddles lashed, as well as two barges. The Rothbury was well ahead at half way, but ended up losing by just seconds due to a lack of steam caused, leg- end has it, by an inattentive engineer. It was not until 1988, at Goolwa on Lake Alexandrina, that the Rothbury regained her honour as the fastest boat on the Murray system when, in the Bicentennial Great Paddleboat Race held in conjunction with the opening of the Signal Point complex by the Prince and Princess of Wales, she humbled her opposition. The race was held over a straight, two-mile course. Those competing were the Rothbury, Coonawarra and Impulse from Mildura, the Mayflower from Morgan, and the Murray River Queen from Goolwa. After an even start it was ap- parent the Rothbury, with her sleek hull design was truly the ‘Greyhound of the River,’ and she went on to win convinc- ingly. She has defended the title since, and still holds it. Chris is justifiably proud of that title...as proud of that as he is about the Rothbury’s in- clusion on the historic register. As he rightly points out, the Rothbury has certainly paid her dues. After all, she has been a working boat for the best part of her 134 years. Mr Nicol said the Rothbury credentials for a place on the register had been subject to rig- orous scrutiny. Places on the register are not awarded lightly, he added. “The application has to jus- tify her place as being impor- tant to the country’s maritime and social history,” he said. “The committee that made the decision obviously felt she had earned her place alongside the Ruby and the Melbourne. “The riverboat community in Sunraysia feels the same.” ANGLERS from across Australia will be heading for their favourite fishing spots on Sunday, March 22, hoping for one of 132 prizes, worth a total of $169,000, in the 7th annual Pirtek online fishing challenge. Organisers are expecting almost 10,000 anglers to sign up for the challenge, which has so far raised $600,000 for cancer re- search. The on- line compe- tition, which kicked off in 2009 with 1800 competi- tors, has been growing in num- bers and stature ever since, and if registrations this year live up to expecta- tions, it is poised to become the world’s biggest fishing event. The entry fee of $20 entitles ev- ery angler to be in with a chance for major prizes, whether they wet a line or not, with the major prize package for 2015 being a Stacer 449 Outlaw Tiller boat with 60hp Evinrude outboard motor, plus trailer, worth $25,000 all up. Proceeds from the fishing chal- lenge have traditionally gone to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, but will this year be shared with the Pe- ter Duncan Neurosciences Unit at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital. The annual competition is built around fish species that are preva- lent throughout various regions of Australia. Anglers will be notified by email which species they should target. Last year’s winner recorded a 1.2 metre Barramundi. A total of 8556 anglers regis- tered last year, up by more than 1000 on 2013, and organisers are expecting to welcome at least 9500 anglers to the competition this year. Almost half the registra- tions come from NSW, although the biggest percentage rise in en- tries in recent years has been from Victoria. “Our staff and volunteers were overwhelmed with the number of people who participated in this year’s competition, especially con- sidering some states and territories had to battle some challenging weather conditions,” co-organiser Michael Guest said this week. “We are thrilled that more and more people are getting behind the competition to have some fun with family and friends, plus helping to raise money for two worthwhile causes.” The fishing challenge caters for anglers of every age, with prizes in various divisions based around ‘target species’ (up to four species in the bigger States) covering adults and juniors. “With the major prizes being awarded on size, every entrant is given the opportunity to win, with a ‘mystery length’ chosen for each species in each State,” Mr Guest said. “The mystery length isn’t revealed until after the competi- tion, with the clos- est guess winning a prize.” Two anglers were spot on with the mystery length - to the millimetre - in 2014. Mr Guest said the Australian angling community had really em- braced the competition. He said the rules were basic, and easy to un- derstand. They are available via the Pirtek fishing challenge website. • Continued Page 26 Online fishing comp has $169,000 on offer the challenge, which has so far raised tors, has been growing in num- bers and stature ever since, and if registrations this year live up to expecta- tions, it is poised to become the world’s biggest fishing The entry fee of $20 entitles ev- ery angler to be in with a chance for major prizes, whether they wet anglers regis- tered last year, up by more than 1000 on 2013, and organisers are expecting to welcome at least causes.” The fishing challenge caters for anglers of every age, with prizes in various divisions based around ‘target species’ (up to four species in the bigger States) covering adults and juniors. “With the major prizes being awarded on size, every entrant is given the opportunity to win, with a ‘mystery length’ chosen for each species in each All medicare dental vouchers bulk billed Immediate appointments are available at our Ouyen Clinic Contact us on (03) 5092 1121 Attention all Pension and Health Care Card Holders Britt Street (Hospital Site), Ouyen PHONE: 5092 1121 VIC & NSW LIC. 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