Time to en­ter

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

WHEN the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club (WSC) tal­lies the en­tries for the 2013 Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week, more than 100 boats are ex­pected to be on the list.

WSC sail­ing de­vel­op­ment man­ager Tim Parker said he was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed the num­bers were down slightly from this point last year.

“But with the econ­omy the way it is and with un­cer­tainty over the elec­tion process and date, I am ac­tu­ally not sur­prised,” he said.

How­ever, Mr Parker said he was still hope­ful of at least match­ing last year’s num­bers.

This year the stron- gest di­vi­sion is a toss-up be­tween the cruis­ing fleet ver­sus the mul­ti­hull national cham­pi­onship com­peti­tors. Both are show­ing strong en­try num­bers so the com­pe­ti­tion will be on to see which di­vi­sion can outdo the other.

On the wa­ter the vol­un­teer team will be led by in­ter­na­tional race of­fi­cer Ross Chisholm. Work­ing along­side Chisholm will be Ross Wil­son, Kevin Wil­son and protest com­mit­tee chair Mark Gal­lagher.

“The cal­i­bre of the team is just bril­liant,” Mr Parker said.

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

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