Volunteers bring race week to life
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.