Strong sports boat entries for Airlie Beach Race Week
SPORTS boat sailor Brett Whitbread is ranked highly among the strong contingent of Queensland skippers who will contest this year’s Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week from August 9-16.
Known as the ‘everywhere man’ when it comes to sports boat events, Whitbread will this year be campaigning his Egan-designed Crank, having carried out significant modifications to the boat since he raced it as the podium-placing Blokes World.
This will be Whitbread’s tenth year of competing at Airlie Beach, where he won a place on the podium in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
With the sports boats having just completed the inaugural Sports Boat Winter Nationals at Mooloolaba, all eyes have turned to the Airlie Beach regatta, which is in its eleventh year now.
Whitbread hopes that up to 25 boats will be on the course this year.
“The Vipers will make up a lot of that as I believe there is a shipment coming very shortly which will boost up the Queensland numbers,” he said.
“It would [also] be good to see some of the Shaw 650s like Peow Peow up there and any of the other quick Shaw 650s. It makes it more interesting with the different sized boats that really have a good chance.”
Whitbread sounded relieved that the Sports Boat Winter Nationals winner, Mark Buchbach’s Raptor, is unlikely to compete at Airlie Beach. “It will give the rest of us a chance,” he said. Joining Whitbread in the current list of entries are Bob Sled (Neil Hamilton, QLD), Junior (Ray Carless, NSW), Mister Magoo (Jason Ruckert, QLD), Rip It Up (Barry Berndt, QLD), Slingshot (Bob McCamley, QLD), Viper QLD (Noel LeighSmith, QLD) and Vivace (John Rae, QLD).
For event information and online entry visit www.airlieraceweek.com.
LEADING THE CHARGE: Mr Magoo leading Crank up to the mark in last year's Airlie Beach Race Week sports boat fleet.