Rowers, coaches and families will gather in Nagambie on Saturday morning for the annual 7.2km rowing race from historic Chinaman’s Bridge to Tahbilk Winery.
In recent years, more than 800 competitors have raced, cheered on by more than 1000 spectators.
The purpose of the Bridge to the Vines is to show off Nagambie’s many attractions beyond the rowing course — including the Goulburn River and the region’s many wineries.
The course passes by Gilgai Farm, the birthplace of Black Caviar.
The first race will begin in front of the black horse statue at Chinaman’s Bridge at 10am with the fastest coxed eight competitors, and finish about 12.45pm when the novice single scullers are expected to arrive at Tahbilk.
Competitors will range in age from about 15 to more than 80, including elite, intermediate, novice and masters rowers.
This year the time trials for Victoria’s top rowers hoping for selection to the Australian national rowing team will be held early in the morning on Lake Nagambie, and many of the elite rowers will stay on to compete in the Hot Gee.
A number of interstate crews from around Australia have also entered this year’s race.
At the finish, everyone is invited to enjoy rock band BluEarth, a variety of food stalls and wine tasting and sales from Fowles and Mitchelton wineries, as well as Tahbilk.
There is no charge for spectators, although a gold coin donation to the CFA parking volunteers helping out on the day is always appreciated.
The Goulburn River will re-open after the last boat finishes, so that other users can enjoy the river during the afternoon.