Vol­un­teers bring race week to life

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of the Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week 2013 say they are thrilled with the num­ber of peo­ple of­fer­ing to vol­un­teer at this year’s event.

An ex­tra­or­di­nary num­ber of peo­ple from the Whit­sun­days, Bris­bane, Syd­ney, Melbourne and even Perth have put their names down to vol­un­teer both on and off the wa­ter through­out the seven-day re­gatta held from Au­gust 9-16.

Two vol­un­teers within the group will also be bring­ing Olympic-stan­dard skills and train­ing to race week. Twin broth­ers Kevin and Ross Wil­son, from Melbourne’s Black Rock Yacht Club, are both ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­na­tional race of­fi­cers who as­sisted with sail­ing cour­ses dur­ing the Bei­jing Olympics.

Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week co-or­di­na­tor of on wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties Tim Parker said it was hum­bling to see so many ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple want­ing to vol­un­teer their time dur­ing the ma­jor sail­ing event.

“We al­ways have our vol­un­teers who re­turn year af­ter year, how­ever this time around we are see­ing more new faces, par­tic­u­larly from out of town want­ing to help,” he said.

“The re­gatta wouldn’t run with­out the or­gan­is­ers and spon­sors, how­ever it is the vol­un­teers which re­ally make race week come to life [and] we thank them for that.” Through­out Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week, vol­un­teers will help with or­gan­is­ing pa­per­work and reg­is­tra­tions on­shore, while on the wa­ter, they will as­sist in race starts, mark lay­ing and the col­lat­ing of re­sults.

“They also play an im­por­tant part in main­tain­ing safety,” Mr Parker said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the re­gatta visit the of­fi­cial web­site www.air­lier­ace­week.com

Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week 2013 is sup­ported by the Queens­land Govern­ment through Tourism and Events Queens­land as part of a grow­ing cal­en­dar of sport­ing, cul­tural, and re­gional events through­out the state.

VOL­UN­TEER SPIRIT: Air­lie Beach Race Week 2012 vol­un­teers Jean Sned­don, Jennifer Wilkens and Jenn Run­dle on the fin­ish boat.

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