ALL THE FUN OF AIR­LIE RACE WEEK

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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.

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