Club commends local boats
THE Whitsunday Sailing Club has congratulated local skippers, who led the pack against some of the best sailors in Australia at this year’s Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week.
WSC public relations officer Heidi Walton said club member and regatta participant Dan White of Riff Raff was one of many stand-out performers during the August event.
Riff Raff sailed consistently well throughout the series taking first place overall in the cruising non spinnaker division. WSC boats also took the remaining major places in this division with Rumgutz (Peter Harrison) in second and Queensland Marine Services (John Galloway) third.
WSC commodore and regatta chairman Rob Davis skippered his yacht Breakaway to a second place result in cruising division 3. Another top performer was Tulip (Bernie van’t Hof), who competed in the hotly contested IRC division and placed second overall.
In the Australian Multihull Championships, which ran in conjunction with race week, Overdrive skippered by Rupert King, came third overall in the OMR 2 division.
In performance racing, the Jutson 43 Another Fiasco (Damian Suckling) came second in the division and also took out the trophy for Best Performed Local Boat.
“We are all thrilled and thank you everyone who supported us,” skipper Suckling said on the yacht’s Facebook page.
With 110 competitive yachts from around the nation coming to Airlie Beach for the biggest keelboat regatta off Queensland’s mainland, WSC sailing development officer Tim Parker said there were quite a few big-name boats for locals to contend with.
“All our local yachts sailed very well and we are extremely proud of their achievements,” he said.
Full results from the 2013 regatta are available at www.airlieraceweek.com.
TOP PERFORMERS: Another Fiasco, skippered by Damien Suckling, came second overall in the performance racing division and took out the trophy for Best Performed Local Boat at this year's Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week.