Racing around the islands
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.