Sailors to celebrate 50th milestone at Airlie Beach
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.