Huahine to represent Whitsundays on Magnetic
LOCAL boat, Huahine is alone in representing the Whitsunday Sailing Club at this year’s Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week, which starts today.
Owner of the Hanse 43, Nick Smail, has entered the boat into the Cruising Non-Spinnaker division. It is only the second regatta Smail and wife Michelle have entered the boat into, the first being the Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week earlier this month.
Magnetic Race Week takes place off Townsville every year after Hamilton Island Race Week concludes, and many boats take the opportunity to extend their regatta season by heading north to the tropical island for some extra days of racing.
With a crew of six or seven, Smail is hoping for a week of 1020knot winds so he can ensure Huahine performs at her best.
“10-20 knots is favourable for us, so we are hoping for a lot of wind. I’ve heard the atmosphere on Magnetic is great and so far the people have been very supportive. I believe it’s going to be a very friendly regatta,” he said.
Smail said he enjoyed the neck and neck racing with local boat Queensland Marine Ser- vices in Airlie Beach Race Week, and is hoping for more of the same at Magnetic, this time against unfamiliar boats.
The Smail’s have cruised the boat up and down the Queensland coast in the two years since they bought it, and so far, they have enjoyed a very relaxing cruise north from Airlie to Magnetic with following weather and whale sightings.
LOCAL HOPE: Local boat Huahine will fly the flag for the Whitsundays at Magnetic Island Race Week, which officially kicked off today.
ENJOYING THE TRIP: Nick and Michelle Smail are sailing their boat Huahine at this year's Magnetic Island Race Week.