Mag­gie makes waves as race week fans set course for fun

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

COUN­TRY mu­sic singer Jade Hol­land doesn’t have any sail­ing ex­per­tise but she’s set for a crash course as part of the en­ter­tain­ment at Mag­netic Is­land’s race week.

About 4500 visi­tors are ex­pected to hit Mag­netic Is­land for the week, in­clud­ing Hol­land, who will be per­form­ing twice.

“I’m petrified of the ocean, but I love boats,” she said.

“The only thing I know about sail­ing ... is they make it look easy.”

Or­gan­is­ers of the 9th an­nual SeaLink Mag­netic Is­land Race Week, from Au­gust 27 to Septem­ber 1, have un­veiled a jam­packed so­cial cal­en­dar in­clud­ing a trea­sure quest, par­ties, a beach fair and the brand new Ladies Long Lunch. Top Townsville en­ter­tain­ers in­clud­ing coun­try singer Jade Hol­land, God­fa­thers of Funk and the 1RAR band will also per­form.

Event chair­man Paul Vic­tory said or­gan­i­sa­tion is well un­der way for the week and they were hop­ing the so­cial events would help it grow fur­ther.

“There were about 60 yachts last year for Race Week and we’re an­tic­i­pat­ing the same lev­els this year,” he said.

“It does bring peo­ple to the is­land and it fills ho­tel rooms.” Mr Vic­tory said they had added new el­e­ments to the pro­gram and he be­lieved the Ladies Long Lunch would prove pop­u­lar. “That should bring another de­mo­graphic to

Race Week,” he said.

The week was part of the Sail Townsville pro­gram, with other up­com­ing events in­clud­ing the Tasar Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in Septem­ber and the KiteFoil Gold Cup in early Oc­to­ber.

“Peo­ple from down south at this time of year want to bring yachts north,” he said.

“It’s def­i­nitely the best sail­ing des­ti­na­tion at that time of year.”

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