Big cats com­ing to town for re­gatta

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

A LARGE fleet of ex­cit­ing high per­for­mance Nacra cata­ma­rans is ex­pected to race at the Sail Air­lie Re­gatta hosted by the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club over the up­com­ing Easter week­end.

Among the skip­pers sail­ing th­ese fast mov­ing craft will be Aus­tralian cham­pion and Worlds Nacra F18 class run­ner up, Michael Guinea.

Guinea beat well known lo­cal iden­tity Dale Mitchell by the nar­row­est of mar­gins when the two com­peted in the Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships ear­lier this year at the Wangi Wangi Sail­ing Club on the wa­ters of Lake Mac­quarie.

Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club Off Beach Com­modore Luke Mairs said he ex­pected this re­gatta to be one of the big­gest in North Queens­land, as it would also in­cor­po­rate the Queens­land state ti­tles for the Nacra classes and fea­ture cata­ma­rans com­pet­ing from all over Queens­land and New South Wales.

In ad­di­tion to this, the sail­ing club will host the state cham­pi­onships for Ar­row cata­ma­rans, the North Queens­land Laser Cham­pi­onships and a spe­cial North Queens­land Sabot Re­gatta.

Op­ti­mists and open dinghies are ex­pected to be well rep­re­sented in the ju­nior classes and a large fleet of Tasars are pre­dicted as well as a va­ri­ety of mono­hull classes.

Last Sun­day’s WSC off the beach sprint se­ries served as a prac­tice run for many plan­ning to com­pete in the up­com­ing event.

Mr Mairs said he was very pleased with the at­ten­dance at round four of this se­ries, fea­tur­ing nine Lasers, plus five Op­ti­mists and Opti Tackers, all of whose skip­pers were hon­ing their skills.

The se­ries concludes next Sun­day with a bar­beque and pre­sen­ta­tions. For more in­for­ma­tion on off beach sail­ing and the up­com­ing re­gatta con­tact Luke Mairs on 0438 240 976.

ON WA­TER AC­TION: A large fleet of ex­cit­ing high per­for­mance Nacra cata­ma­rans is ex­pected to race at the Sail Air­lie Re­gatta hosted by the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club over the up­com­ing Easter week­end.

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