Sail­ing club gears up for Air­lie Beach Race Week

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

EN­TRIES are now of­fi­cially open for the 25th an­niver­sary of Air­lie Beach Race Week (ABRW) and or­gan­is­ers are gear­ing up for what prom­ises to be an ex­cep­tional event.

With the re­gatta likened by some to a type of ‘high school re­union’ for sailors, ABRW event chair­man Jim Hayes is hop­ing par­tic­i­pants of the past 25 race weeks will en­ter this year to com­mem­o­rate the spe­cial an­niver­sary.

“This year’s event is ex­pected to make his­tory and we re­ally want to see par­tic­i­pants from past race weeks cel­e­brate our an­niver­sary with us as well as wel­com­ing new na­tional and in­ter­na­tional sailors who want to see what makes this event unique,” he said.

Di­vi­sions open to sailors in­clude rac­ing and cruis­ing in IRC and PHS, as well as non-spin­naker OMR and cruis­ing mul­ti­hulls.

The sports­boat di­vi­sion is also ex­pected to at­tract a strong fleet, with the skip­pers of Mis­ter Ma­goo, Viper, Con­quis­ta­dor and Bloke’s World ex­press­ing their in­ter­est for 2014.

My Hayes said the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club was plan­ning to make this year’s event bet­ter than ever for com­peti­tors.

“We are known for host­ing real people com­pet­ing in real sail­ing and hav­ing real fun and this will be our finest ‘trop­i­cal shirt re­gatta’ yet,” he said.

“The Whit­sun­days is a bucket list des­ti­na­tion and race week show­cases ev­ery­thing the re­gion has to of­fer, both on and off the wa­ter.”

Air­lie Beach Race Week will run from Au­gust 8-15, 2014 and is hosted by Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.air­lier­ace­week.com.

SET­TING SAIL: The Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club is hop­ing that many of the sailors who have com­peted in Air­lie Beach Race Week over the past 25 years will re­turn for this year's cel­e­bra­tory event.

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