Rac­ing around the is­lands

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THIS Satur­day, July 13, is the start of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s (WSC) XXXX Se­ries, which kicks off with the Round the Whit­sun­days race.

Known as the tough­est and most pres­ti­gious race on the sail­ing club’s cal­en­dar, the event will have yachts tak­ing off from Air­lie Beach at 9am to sail around 32 Whit­sun­day is­lands.

From the start line, com­pet­ing boats will sail around Dent, Ed­ward, Hook and Hay­man is­lands, be­fore re­turn­ing to Air­lie Beach.

The race is around 80 nau­ti­cal miles-long and will take about 10-20 hours to com­plete.

WSC sail­ing de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Tim Parker said this would be a tough chal­lenge for nav­i­ga­tors and crew, with the tide chang­ing through­out the race and many op­por­tu­ni­ties to gain or lose places through the cur­rents swirling around the is­lands.

“If you are go­ing to do one race through­out the year, this has to be it,” he said.

“Get the crew or­gan­ised, post­pone any work com­mit­ments and get out there”.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter for the race, phone the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club on 4946 6138.

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