Spectacular sights on regatta course
THE 24th annual Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week (ABRW) is now over the halfway mark, with the last race to be sailed tomorrow, Friday, August 16.
Whitsunday Sailing Club commodore and event chairman Rob Davis said the regatta was “going very well” despite being plagued by light winds.
“Everybody’s having a great time,” he said.
“The weather’s a bit too perfect and we could do with a bit more wind but we’re hoping it will fill in for the rest of the week,” he said.
Davis said the Australian Mul- tihull Championships were making for a “spectacular sight” on the courses each day.
“And they’ve brought along a few boats that are at the cutting edge of design,” he said.
Competitors have also been treated to the sights of a visiting cruise ship and humpback whales, which have cruised among the fleet. ABRW runs from August 9-16 and is the largest keelboat regatta on Queensland’s mainland. It is also part of Tourism and Events Queensland’s Season of Sailing, which recognises the contribution regattas make to the communities where they are held.
WHALES AHOY: Humpback whales have been seen every day during the 24th annual Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week. Photo by Shirley Wodson.
GIANTS: Local yacht Condor was dwarfed by cruise ship Pacific Dawn that called into Pioneer Bay on Monday. Photo by Bob Fenney.