Gear­ing up for Fun Race

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE in­fa­mous Whit­sun­day Fun Race is set to take place on Satur­day, Au­gust 17 and this year’s event prom­ises to be more ex­cit­ing than ever with some of the re­gion’s largest and most fa­mous boats tak­ing part.

Hosted by the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club, the race is now in its 37th year and also forms part of the an­nual Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val.

The friendly, any­thing goes bay race fea­tures rac­ing and cruis­ing yachts, run­ning side-by­side and of­ten neck-and-neck.

While Air­lie Beach Race Week is about six days of highly com­pet­i­tive rac­ing be­tween more than 100 boats from all over Aus­tralia and be­yond, Fun Race is just the op­po­site.

The race is a chance for ex­pe­ri­enced crew and would-be sailors to come to­gether, let their hair down and par­tic­i­pate in an event renowned more for its fig­ure­heads and de­bauch­er­ous onwater ac­tiv­ity than its com­pet­i­tive­ness. Af­ter all, the prize is an empty bot­tle of rum.

This year, for the first time in many years, the lo­cal big boys are com­ing out to play, promis­ing an ex­hil­a­rat­ing spec­ta­cle both on and off the wa­ter.

Maxi-yachts Bri­tish Defender, Con­dor and Ham­mer, are all set to make a spec­tac­u­lar sight.

Owner of Con­dor and Ham­mer, David Mol­loy, said Fun Race was a great op­por­tu­nity to get out on the wa­ter.

“Sail­ing is no longer the ex­clu­sive do­main of yachties,” he said.

“Any­one can get in­volved and see what it’s like on a real rac­ing yacht and why we love it so much.”

Race regis­tra­tion will be held at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club on Fri­day, Au­gust 16, from 5-7pm or Satur­day, from 9-10am.

Spec­ta­tors are in­vited to get out on the wa­ter in tinny’s, jet skis or any­thing that floats.

There are prizes up for grabs for the best dressed boat and crew. The race starts at 11am.

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