A variety of craft on parade in front of the Port Vincent wharf. Sightseers have many opportunities to view the Saltwater Classic boats close to shore. - Image John Carter of Carters Captures
An exciting program of water-based and foreshore activities is being prepared for the 10th celebration of Yorke Peninsula’s Saltwater Classic in Stansbury and Port Vincent from May 1-3, 2020.
Since the inaugural Saltwater Classic in 2003 and the successful follow-up in 2004, the biennial event has become a major tourism feature on Yorke Peninsula and a favourite among enthusiasts of wooden and classic boats designed on traditional lines.
The 2020 event has been given a major boost with the South Australian Government providing $10,000 funding support for marketing through the 2019-20 Regional Events and Festivals Program.
Plenty of opportunities to discuss boat and engine restorations with the owners of vessels. This is Super Pup, owned by Norm and Dianne Boyd of Mildura, Victoria. Image John Carter of Carters Captures
This announcement by the Tourism Minister, David Ridgway, continues the principal sponsorship of Yorke Peninsula’s Saltwater Classic by the State Government, through the South Australian Tourism Commission.
“We want to encourage more South Australians and interstate and international visitors to get out and about to experience the very best that SA has to offer spending time and money in our regions and growing our tourism sector,” Mr
Yorke Peninsula’s Saltwater Classic in 2018 attracted more than 5,000 visitors and a fleet of over 50 wooden and classic boats and crews from across South Australia and interstate to enjoy the festival atmosphere in the sister towns of Stansbury and Port Vincent.
An official reception for registered entrants and crews on Friday, May 1, 2020 will be followed by a spectacular program of boating and foreshore activities in Stansbury on the following day, and in Port Vincent on the Sunday.
A highlight for participants and spectators alike is the run from Stansbury to Port Vincent, a pleasant close-to-shore voyage of about 12nm.
Saltwater Classic Chairman, Colin Germein, said the organisers were very grateful for the support of next year’s event through the Regional Events and Festivals Program.
Relaxing aboard Culbrae Princess, owned by Doug Twelftree of Tintinara in SA. Image John Carter of Carters Captures
“This will help us to maximise our promotional efforts to attract families to the region to experience the beauty of wooden and classic craft that have been faithfully restored to keep afloat some of the great traditions of boat building,” he said.
“The program in Stansbury and Port Vincent will include seaside markets, regional food and wine experiences, entertainment, arts and craft together showcasing the wonderful features of our region.
“Next year’s Saltwater Classic will be the tenth presentation of the event and we aim to make it the biggest and best yet for people to enjoy Stansbury and Port Vincent and to encourage them to explore wider areas of beautiful Yorke Peninsula.
Dragon, a magnificent 1930s speedboat powered by a Chevrolet V8 motor. She is owned by Peter Sawtell of Trott Park in SA. Image John Carter of Carters Captures
“Our last event in 2018 won South Australian and Yorke Peninsula tourism awards and the on-going success of the Saltwater Classic would not be possible without an enormous volunteer effort, the support of our sponsors and the welcoming qualities of local communities.
Aries, a 1955 wooden speedboat kicking up the spray from her Ford flathead V8 engine. She is the pride of Steven Jolly of Minlaton on Yorke Peninsula. Image John Carter of Carters Captures
“It is an opportunity to celebrate our maritime heritage through the eager commitment of many people who spend countless hours to restore old vessels to their former glory to recreate the days when families and towns were dependent on local links between land and sea.
“Just as importantly, the foreshore activities in Stansbury and Port Vincent provide enjoyment and memorable experiences for people of all ages.”