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With the wind pre­dicted to pick up to be­tween 15 and 20 knots for the fi­nal two days, Mr Hayes said or­gan­is­ers were kept on their toes.

“It’s cruis­ing along re­ally nicely but the change­abil­ity of the weather is keep­ing our race of­fi­cers and the jury busy,” he said.

Air­lie Beach Race Week 2015 con­cludes to­mor­row with a Big Bay Race mak­ing for spec­tac­u­lar view­ing along the shore­line and a fi­nal party and pre­sen­ta­tion at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club to­mor­row night.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit ADRIAN Bram has never seen the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club so busy.

In fact on Sun­day night his ma­jor con­cern was whether the bar would run out of rum.

The rea­son for the sud­den rush is the 26th an­nual Air­lie Beach Race Week, which this year has been thrown open to the wider com­mu­nity with ap­par­ent suc­cess.

Mr Bram, the mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for the event, said the pro­gram of free live mu­sic ev­ery night had at­tracted sailors and towns­folk in their droves.

“And Sun­day turned into one of the big­gest days ever by com­bin­ing the fam­ily fun day and run­ning it straight into the Race Week fes­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

“We saw a fan­tas­tic turnout from the com­mu­nity and the club’s been do­ing very well ev­ery night both up­stairs and down­stairs.”

On the wa­ter mean­while, it’s been a mixed bag, with what Race Week chair­man Jim Hayes called “cham­pagne sail­ing” for the first two days, drop­ping to a glass-off on Mon­day ahead of the mid-

Photo: An­drew Pat­tin­son/Vampp Pho­tog­ra­phy

RE­GATTA HQ: The Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club has been packed out for Air­lie Beach Race Week on-shore events.

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