Airlie race week to focus on fun
BRINGING back the ‘fun’ will be one of the prime elements of the Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week 2013, from August 9-16.
Now in its 24th consecutive year, race week organisers are ensuring the focus of the regatta is what it is known for best.
Whitsunday Sailing Club commodore and event chairman Rob Davis said with Abell Point Marina recently announced as naming rights sponsor, this year’s event would revolve around a fun, tropical regatta, coupled with serious sailing.
“Airlie Beach Race Week is set apart from other regattas and is well known for its lively and entertaining nature,” Mr Davis said. “It is unlike any other. We want our participants to soak up the atmosphere of Airlie Beach and the greater Whitsundays,” he said.
Mr Davis said each year the regatta attracted both serious competitors and those who participated simply to have a great time on the water.
“Sailing is a fun, social sport and this is what our event is all about,” he said.
Always popular among sailors and supporters, the onshore activities, which will be based at the Abell Point Marina and Whitsunday Sailing Club, are set to attract big crowds. Meanwhile Airlie Beach is expected to be abuzz during the seven-day regatta, which is followed by the Whitsunday Reef Festival and Great Whitsunday Fun Race.
A competition is currently running to win free berthing over race week at Abell Point Marina for all vessels confirmed as entrants before June 30.
Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week is part of Queensland’s Season of Sailing and is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland. It is part of a growing calendar of sporting, cultural and regional events throughout the state.
For more information, visit www.airlieraceweek.com.