Huahine to rep­re­sent Whit­sun­days on Mag­netic

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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