Maggie makes waves as race week fans set course for fun
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.”