The Steamer Run

An LBT crew recently participated in this event which traverses the Gippsland Lakes. Here is Lorrie Harrison’s brief report.

Steamers Run 2024

Collaboration between the Paynesville Classic Boat Rally team and St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia (SASCRAA) have lead to our modern version of the Steamers Run in 2020 and 2024.

St Ayles skiff crews and boats arrived from around Australia,

Cariad AU02 – Gippsland Coastal Rowing Association/Walkerville

– Da Mirrie Dancer AU14 – Gippsland Coastal Rowing Association/Marlo

– Covent Garden AU17 – Royal Geelong Yacht Club

– Thursday AU18 – Coastal Rowing Williamstown

– Bart Scheen/Mordy Skiff AU23 – Mordialloc Sailing Club

Totally 5 crews and boats. The LBT rowers were generously given Covent Gardens.

Our route followed the route of the steam boats of old from Port of Sale, across the Gippsland Lakes to Lakes Entrance. The Gippsland Lakes form the largest navigable waterways in Australia and are the historic homeland of the Kurnai people.

Six LBT rowers participated in the event, rowing 100km over 4 days. As always it gave us an opportunity to mix with fellow skiffies as well as promote the activities of the LBT.

It is anticipated the event will be offered again in 2026.

Pics supplied by Lorrie

LBT and Denmark, Day 1
LBT crossing Lake Wellington
Lunch at Metung Pub
Grand Parade