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THE clock is tick­ing down to the Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week (ABRW), which starts on Au­gust 9.

This ma­jor event, now in its 24th year, was of­fi­cially launched for 2013 at a spe­cial func­tion hosted by the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club (WSC) last week.

WSC com­modore and event chair­man Rob Davis said race week was an ex­tra­or­di­nary event, bring­ing over 100 boats and an es­ti­mated 700 par­tic­i­pants to Air­lie Beach each year.

“This event in­volves six days of ac­tion-packed rac­ing, count­less hours of plan­ning and around 30 vol­un­teers,” he said.

“(There are) bands, sign writ­ers, me­dia cater­ers, safety boat crews and much, much, more to make this event come to­gether.”

With this year’s re­gatta also in­cor­po­rat­ing the Aus­tralian Mul­ti­hull Cham­pi­onships, Mr Davis said par­tic­i­pants could ex­pect to see some ex­cit­ing rac­ing in Pi­o­neer Bay.

“For the last 24 years, we’ve strived to re­main a re­laxed, en­joy­able re­gat- ta, cou­pled with some se­ri­ous sail­ing,” he said.

“All of our com­peti­tors come for a good time whether they win or lose. It’s about mate­ship, ex­cite­ment, so­cial­is­ing and a pas­sion for sail­ing.”

Mr Davis thanked all the event spon­sors in­clud­ing nam­ing rights spon­sor and owner of Abell Point Ma­rina Paul Dar­rouzet.

Mr Dar­rouzet said he looked for­ward to a con­tin­ued re­la­tion­ship with the WSC for many years to come.

“We want peo­ple to come to the ma­rina, have a won­der­ful event, un­der­stand what we’re do­ing for the fu­ture and then come back next year when it’s go­ing to be even bet­ter,” he said.

ABRW is part of Tourism and Events Queens­land’s (TEQ) an­nual sea­son of sail­ing and as such it was of­fi­cially launched by Whit­sun­day MP Ja­son Costi­gan, on be­half of Tourism Min­is­ter Jann Stuckey.

Mr Costi­gan said TEQ was proud to sup­port the event and he also com­mended the many vol­un­teers who con­trib­ute to its suc­cess.

OF­FI­CIALLY LAUNCHED: WSC com­modore and ABRW chair­man Rob Davis, Mem­ber for Daw­son Ge­orge Chris­tensen, Abell Point Ma­rina mar­ket­ing and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Luke McCaul, Whit­sun­day Mayor Jennifer Whit­ney, WSC man­ager An­gela Rae, Cr Kevin Collins, Abell Point Ma­rina owner and race week spon­sor Paul Dar­rouzet, WMDL CEO Da­nial Rochford and WSC pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Heidi Wal­ton.

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