Roads and Maritime Services is prompting everyone to stay safe on the Murray river this Southern 80 weekend.
Numerous Boating Safety officers will be attending this year to assist the Moama Water Sports Club and patrol the river before and after racing.
Those visiting from Victoria are encouraged to remember NSW regulations apply for boating activities on the entire Murray river.
In regards to competitors any practice runs outside of race times are subject to usual rules, including noise regulations and the carriage of safety equipment.
Early morning practice sessions are discouraged in consideration of residents.
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 river bank during these times, and no vessel is permitted to move on the course at any time.
As moving vessels or persons in the water cause the race to stop, spectators are urged to use caution in selecting vantage points due to the high speeds involved in the event, and under no circumstances should people swim or enter the water.
For individuals heading out on the water after the conclusion of racing (after the sweep boat has passed), must use caution, and remember that lifejackets save lives, and alcohol and boating do not mix.
Vessel operators, observers and skiers/towed persons must stay under 0.05.
The best place to enjoy all the racing action will be from the finish line at Victoria Park boat ramp.
Information on NSW rules including when lifejackets must be worn can be found at www.rms.nsw.gov.au