Big cats coming to town for regatta
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.