Gearing up for Fun Race
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.