Organisers expect a good roll-up
IT’S official – you can now sign up for Airlie Beach Race Week 2015.
The entry form and Notice of Race are online and organisers are expecting a good roll up for the annual event’s 26th edition.
Open to IRC Racing and IRC Passage, One-Design, Performance Racing, Sports Boats, Cruising (spinnaker and non-spinnaker), plus Multihull Racing and Passage classes, the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s Tropical Shirt’ regatta is attended by boats from Australia wide.
Organisers say a good cross-section of boats ensures a vibrant feast for the eyes and none more so than the cruising classes.
The event also features the latest in design and technology from across the board, with the sports boats and multihulls adding speed and thrills.
Sailors like Rob Remilton often go the distance to compete.
Remilton usually carts his 31 foot multihull Wilparina II all the way from South Australia each year. This year however, his boat is on the market so for the first time he will fly to Queensland to sail with local, Mike Hodges, on the multihull Renaissance.
“It’s a bit sad, I’m really going to miss the road trip, but I’m looking forward to sailing with Mike, he’s a great guy,” Remilton said.
And Remilton is not alone, with fellow South Australian, Peter Hawker, trailing his Ian Farrier designed carbon built multihull, Carbon Credit and Gerald Valk bringing its sister ship Crosshair. “There will be around five multihulls making the trip from South Australia this time,” said Hawker, who is a regular at Airlie Beach Race Week.
“We love the competition at Airlie Beach... and we make a trip of it.” Organised by the Whitsunday Sailing Club, Airlie Beach Race Week is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in conjunction with its other major events throughout the state.
The 26th edition of Race Week will be held from August 7-14. Entry is online only and closes on Saturday, August 1.
For entry form, Notice of Race and all information, go to: www.abrw.com.au.