ROADS and Maritime Services is reminding everyone to stay safe on the water during the Southern 80.
RMS will have boating safety officers out on the water before, during and after racing to spread the message.
If you are visiting from Victoria, remember NSW regulations apply on the Murray River.
Competitors are also reminded that any practice runs outside of race times are subject to all normal rules, including noise regulations and the carriage of safety equipment.
Consider residents and don’t practice early in the morning.
The river will be closed for the event on Saturday and Sunday from 6am to 7pm.
Saturday’s closure is from Perricoota Marina at the 1690 marker to Victoria Park, Echuca, and Sunday’s closure is from Torrumbarry Weir to Victoria Park.
All houseboats must be moored parallel to the riverbank during these times and no vessel is permitted to move on the course at any time.
Under no circumstances should people swim or enter the water, as it could cause the race to stop.
Spectators are also urged to use caution in selecting vantage points due to the high speeds involved in the event.
If you’re heading out on the water at the end of racing (after the sweep boat has passed with the ‘river open’ flag) check your safety gear, navigate with caution, and ensure the master plus any observer and towed persons are under 0.05.
Information on NSW rules, including when lifejackets must be worn, can be found at the website www.rms.nsw.gov.au