Or­gan­is­ers ex­pect a good roll-up

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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