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Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

AIR­LIE Beach Race Week fin­ishes to­mor­row. It’s been the 25th an­niver­sary regatta with a record num­ber of boats.

At Mon­day night’s an­niver­sary party at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club, a pre­sen­ta­tion was made to long time Whit­sun­day res­i­dent and race week founder, Don Al­gie.

This was an his­tor­i­cal mo­ment as the pre­sen­ta­tion was made by Club Com­modore Jim Hayes who was also the com­modore of the club when the first Air­lie Beach Race Week was held 25 years ago.

It was through the vi­sion of Mr Al­gie and the likes of Jim Hayes then and oth­ers since that we now have such a won­der­ful regatta.

These events take a lot of help and a lot of work, both paid and un­paid. Sup­port from spon­sors is also very nec­es­sary and it’s great to see so many lo­cal busi­nesses get be­hind the event.

Peo­ple trav­elled from far and wide, in­clud­ing over­seas, to com­pete at this year’s Vi­sion Sur­veys Air­lie Beach Race Week. It’s a great event for the re­gion. Even for those peo­ple not in­volved in sail­ing, there has been entertainment at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club each night to cel­e­brate each day’s sail­ing.

The weather plays an im­por­tant part in the regatta and many may re­mem­ber that last year, there was very lit­tle wind around mak­ing sail­ing on some days dif­fi­cult or im­pos­si­ble with some races be­ing called off.

This has not been the prob­lem this year. Strong winds played havoc with some of the fleet on the first day of rac­ing.

Our thoughts go out to the owner, skip­per and crew of “Rumgutz” – a boat that cap­sized in the rough weather on Satur­day. Sev­eral yachts also lost their masts and other dam­age has been re­ported to some boats.

That is un­for­tu­nate but all a part of the sport of sail­ing.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all in­volved in race week. Once again, it has been a great week. Another Whit­sun­day tra­di­tion – the Great Whit­sun­day Fun race – will be held on Satur­day.

Let’s hope the weather is fine for that.

Leanne Aber­nethy

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