SET­TING SAIL

Air­lie Beach Race Week brings 110 boats and 700 crew

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Sharon Small­wood

“BRIM­MING with ex­cite­ment”. This was how Abell Point Ma­rina owner and Air­lie Beach Race Week nam­ing rights spon­sor Paul Dar­rouzet de­scribed his feel­ings about the 24th an­nual re­gatta, which of­fi­cially starts to­mor­row (Fri­day, Au­gust 9).

Hosted by the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club (WSC), the Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week (ABRW) is the largest keel­boat re­gatta on Queens­land’s main­land, with 110 yachts and about 700 crew about to set sail.

WSC com­modore and re­gatta chair­man Rob Davis said he was very happy with the num­ber of en­tries for this year’s event which will also in­cor­po­rate the Aus­tralian Mul­ti­hull Cham­pi­onships and in­clude com­peti­tors vy­ing for the Queens­land Sea­son of Sail­ing Cup.

“Like ev­ery year, we hope ev­ery­one has a great time and when they go away and tell ev­ery­body how much fun they had it’ll bring more peo­ple back next year,” he said.

Mr Davis said this year’s re­gatta would in­clude plenty of ex­cite­ment both on and off the wa­ter.

Events sched­uled to take place at the Sail­ing Club that are open to the com­mu­nity in­clude a fine art ex­hi­bi­tion on Sun­day, a trop­i­cal shirt mar­garita and Corona lay day party on Tues­day and the Jimmy Buf­fett Trib­ute Band and of­fi­cial pre­sen­ta­tions next Fri­day.

Mr Davis said he hoped the com­mu­nity would en­joy some or all of th­ese events.

“We want the com­mu­nity to get be­hind the spec­tac­u­lar side of sail­ing, join in the events at the club, or just come to Air­lie Beach to en­joy the num­ber of ex­cit­ing events over the week,” he said.

Pop­u­lar ra­dio show host Meecham Philpott will also join the re­gatta as the of­fi­cial MC to as­sist with pre­sen­ta­tions and an­nounce­ments through­out the week.

ABRW runs from Au­gust 9-16, fol­lowed by the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val from Au­gust 15-18, Great Whit­sun­day Fun Race on Au­gust 17, Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week from Au­gust 17-24 and Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club Vice Com­modore Ren­dezvous from Au­gust 22-25.

For more in­for­ma­tion on ABRW visit www.air­lier­ace­week.com.

READY TO RACE: WSC com­modore Rob Davis, Abell Point Ma­rina owner Paul Dar­rouzet and man­ager Richard Bar­rett and WSC man­ager An­gela Rae are look­ing for­ward to the 24th an­nual Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week, from Au­gust 9-16.

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