En­tries now to open for Air­lie Beach Race Week

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE No­tice of Race is now out for the 25th an­niver­sary of Air­lie Beach Race Week (ABRW), from Au­gust 8-15.

The in­vited di­vi­sions for 2014 are IRC, PHS, Sports Boats, Cruis­ing Spin­naker, Cruis­ing Non-Spin­naker, OMR and Cruis­ing Mul­ti­hulls.

With well over 100 en­tries ex­pected for the an­niver­sary year, a num­ber of the 2013 podium-placed boats have in­di­cated their in­ten­tion to re­turn.

The 2013 IRC di­vi­sion cham­pion, Howard Pig­gott’s Beneteau First 40 Fly­ing Cloud, has ABRW pen­cilled into a north­ern rac­ing pro­gram.

“We are cer­tainly hop­ing to be there if all our plans come to­gether - it’s a mar­vel­lous event,” Pig­gott said.

IRC di­vi­sion brides­maid, Mooloolaba Yacht Club’s Gary McCarthy and his team on the Beneteau 34.7, Bril­liant Pearl, are also keen to come north. In the last two years McCarthy has fin­ished in sec­ond and third on a count-back and he has his sights set on first place this year.

Af­ter dom­i­nat­ing the Per­for­mance Di­vi­sion in last year’s re­gatta, a dis­ap­pointed Philip Groves has ad­vised he won’t have Hun­tress com­pet­ing this year to de­fend his ti­tle due to an over­seas busi­ness trip.

Lo­cal skip­per Damian Suck­ling, whose crew on An­other Fi­asco fin­ished sec­ond to Hun­tress last year, is pleased his ri­vals won’t be re­turn­ing in 2014, but he knows that their ab­sence doesn’t en­sure he will have an easy ride to the podium.

“Our lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion, Reig­ni­tion (Charles Wal­lis) will be there [and] we have a pretty good bat­tle most years,” he said.

“There will [also] be a dark horse from down south. Un­til we see the en­tries we don’t know who it will be, but there is al­ways a south­ern dark horse. We have a cou­ple each year.”

Round­ing off the early en­try list will be fel­low lo­cal Don Al­gie with Storm 2. Al­gie has com­peted in ev­ery ABRW since the re­gatta started and he has con­firmed that he and his team of mates won’t be miss­ing the 25th year.

Race week en­tries open on March 15 and can be com­pleted on­line through the event web­site www.air­lier­ace­week.com.

The clos­ing date for all en­tries is Au­gust 1.

RACE READY: Lo­cal sailors on An­other Fi­asco (pic­tured at last years' Air­lie Beach Race Week) are look­ing for­ward to this year's 25th an­niver­sary event. Photo by Shirley Wod­son

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.