Air­lie race week to fo­cus on fun

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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