ALL THE FUN OF AIRLIE RACE WEEK
THE Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week had a special entrant in its Grand Prix IRC division on Saturday. The 16-metre maxi yacht
Scarlet Runner and its colourful crew stopped into Airlie Beach to join in the first day of race week enroute to the 3300 nautical mile CapeRio race.
Skipper Rob Date and his Sandringham Yacht Club crew were a surprise entry in the regatta.
A hot contestant in its divi- sion, the Reichel Pugh 52 placed a respectable fourth on corrected time in its one race.
Back at the dock, Date said the boat captured a lot of attention, partially due to its unique carbon fibre design.
“It is the latest carbon fibre design racing machine - even the toilet is carbon fibre,” he said.
Date is no stranger to Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays and he enjoys sailing in the annual race week.
But while he stayed on to sail on other yachts throughout the regatta, Scarlett Run
ner headed north on Sunday morning.
“Scarlett Runner needs to leave to get the south east breezes to Cape Town on time,” Date said.
The boat will venture up the Queensland coast stopping at Cairns, Darwin, Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling before heading across the Indian Ocean to Cape Town.
Scarlet Runner is one of 50 yachts entered in the CapeRio race.
HIGH PERFORMANCE: The 16-metre maxi yacht Scarlet Runner and its colourful crew stopped into Airlie Beach to join in the first day of race week enroute to the 3300 nautical mile Cape-Rio race.