Strong sports boat en­tries for Air­lie Beach Race Week

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

Photo by Tracey John­stone.

LEAD­ING THE CHARGE: Mr Ma­goo lead­ing Crank up to the mark in last year's Air­lie Beach Race Week sports boat fleet.

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