Big weekend of sport

FROM swimmers to sailors, Wellington Shire will host hundreds of competitors this Labour Day long weekend.

More than 200 yachts will head across Lake Wellington tomorrow night for the 50th Marlay Point Overnight Race, while more than 400 swimmers will take part in the Gippsland championships in Sale.

Fifty years of the Marlay Point Overnight Race will be celebrated during a dinner tonight at Sporting Legends, Sale.

A family fun day will be held at Marlay Point before the race, with breakfast served from 8am.

There will be food vans, a jumping castle and a vintage car display between 10am and 7pm.

Music will be provided by Micka Harrington from noon to 4pm and The Blanket Initiative between 4pm and 7pm.

The race begins at 7.30pm, with entrants racing from Marlay Point, across Lake Wellington, through the McLennan Straits into Lake Victoria to Paynesville.

Over the past 50 years, about 4000 boats and 11,000 sailors have been involved in the event, regarded as Australia’s premier race for trailable yachts and multi-hulls.

The Gippsland Swimming Championships will be held at the Lex Glover Regional Aquatics Complex, Sale, from tomorrow to Monday.

A total of 422 swimmers from seven clubs, including 82 from Sale, will be competing.

The championships will have events in all strokes as well as relays with swimmers aged from six years right through to 64.

Heats will begin at 8.30am on each of the three days with the finals tomorrow and Sunday from 3pm and Monday from 2pm.

The inaugural Race the Rubeena event will be held on Sunday.

Entrants will run from the Port of Sale along the canal, with the boat Rubeena in pursuit.

The event will raise money for the restoration of the water tower in Victoria Park, Sale.

Runners, walkers, families and teams are welcome to participate.

Registrations for the event must be made before Sunday at

Meanwhile, the Sale-Maffra Cricket Association will also host its senior semi-finals tomorrow and Sunday, with its junior grand finals on Monday.