Sailors to cel­e­brate 50th mile­stone at Air­lie Beach

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

IDEN­TI­CAL twins Brad and Craig Gin­n­vian are bring­ing their 50th birth­day party north to the 24th Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week, which starts on Au­gust 9.

The birth­day boys turn 50 on Au­gust 14, right in the mid­dle of the re­gatta, so with a Jean­neau 49 char­ter boat cheek­ily re-named Fifty Shades of 50 for the oc­ca­sion, they plan to kick up their heels with their mates and com­pete in the big-fleet cruis­ing di­vi­sion.

Air­lie Beach Race Week will be the first time rac­ing in a cruis­ing di­vi­sion for th­ese very com­pet­i­tive sailors, who in this case are def­i­nitely “there for the so­cial side of things”.

None­the­less the Gin­nivans have re­cruited a no­table team of Vic­to­rian sailors to help them around the Air­lie track.

On deck will be ex-Fire­ball class cham­pi­ons Chris Byrne and James Maskell, along with fel­low Cairn Cur­ran Sail­ing Club mem­bers Mark Teas­dale and Brian Reynolds.

Nau­tilus Marine’s national un­derw- rit­ing man­ager, Damian Pugh, has also been tempted away from his desk for the week, along with his co-spon­sor from Barz Op­tics.

RP52 Scar­lett Run­ner’s owner, Rob Date will make a spe­cial guest ap­pear­ance on the Mon­day be­fore the boys’ birth­day as a present for Craig who was on the boat’s build team and has con­tin­ued as a sail­ing team mem­ber.

While Brad talks up the party side of the event, there is a poignant note to his drive to en­joy it, hav­ing just been given the all-clear for prostate can­cer, with which he was di­ag­nosed ear­lier this year.

“It would good to put it out there that all yachties around the age of 50, of which there are a lot, should get checked for prostate can­cer,” he said.

“It’s only a blood test, which most peo­ple don’t re­alise. I was lucky. I got tested and it saved my life. Now I can sail Air­lie Beach Race Week.”

For event in­for­ma­tion and on­line en­try, visit www.air­lier­ace­week.com.

CEL­E­BRAT­ING: Iden­ti­cal twins Craig and Brad Gin­nivan will be cel­e­brat­ing their 50th birth­day at the Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week 2013 on Au­gust 14. The broth­ers are pic­tured at Vic­to­ria's Cairn Cur­ran Sail­ing Club, which was founded by their fa­ther.

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