Spec­tac­u­lar sights on re­gatta course

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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