From the editor's desk
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.