Weather a mixed bag for 2015 re­gatta

Whitsunday Times - - AIRLIE BEACH RACE WEEK 2015 -

THE 108 sail­ing crews com­pet­ing in Air­lie Beach Race Week were treated to the full gamut of con­di­tions over the sev­en­day event.

Fri­day’s race de­cided the over­all win­ners in all 10 di­vi­sions, although a cou­ple were al­ready clear cut.

In IRC Rac­ing, Matt Allen sailed his re­cently pur­chased TP52, Ichi Ban, to the over­all win in Di­vi­sion 1.

Allen skip­pered the yacht for the first time at Air­lie Beach and the boat got bet­ter as the week wore on.

Jason Close sailed his Ar­cham­bault 31, More Noise, to first over­all in Di­vi­sion 2.

The Vic­to­rian yachts­man was sur­prised to do so well against the likes of cham­pi­ons Wild Rose (Roger Hick­man) and The Philoso­pher’s Club (Peter Sorensen).

In IRC Pas­sage, Tony Hork­ings from South­port Yacht Club skated to a one-point win with his Northshore 38, Lee­Way.

By far the largest en­try, the cruis­ing boats were split into three di­vi­sions. Cruis­ing Di­vi­sion 1 went to Paul Bunn and his Beneteau First 44.7, Chris­tine.

“I’ve never been to a north­ern re­gatta, and I’ll def­i­nitely be back to this one,” said Bunn, who de­scribed Race Week as “a real chal­lenge”.

Cruis­ing Di­vi­sion 2 went to the Hanse 430, Huahine, owned and skip­pered by Nick Smail from Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

Smail pipped San­dor Tor­nai’s Farr 30, Skeeter (NSW) by one point.

Another lo­cal, Char­lie and Betty Preen’s Dehler 39, Deh

ler Magic, which had ear­lier led the se­ries, fin­ished third.

Two yachts from North Queens­land Cruis­ing Yacht Club fought it out for first place in Cruis­ing Di­vi­sion 3 and fin­ished on equal points.

Salty Dog, was an­nounced the win­ner from Peter McKen­zie’s mod­i­fied Ross 7.8, Le Ros­sig­nol.

Cruis­ing Non-Spin­naker win­ner was Dewi Hughes with his Anthea from WSC.

In the sports­boat cat­e­gory John Rae’s Beth­waite 79er, Vi­vace, was too good. Apart from claim­ing line hon­ours ev­ery race, the big­gest boat in the sports boat fleet also claimed five over­all wins from nine races.

Mean­while Peter Wil­cox claimed the Mul­ti­hull Rac­ing se­ries with Mojo.

Full re­sults and all in­for­ma­tion on Air­lie Beach Race Week can be found at

Photo: Shirley Wod­son

SPIN­NAKER RUNS: Spin­naker runs in light airs were con­trasted with heavy gusts on the nose dur­ing the 2015 Trop­i­cal Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing.

Photo: Sharon Small­wood

WATCH­FUL EYE: Race Week founder and "boss hog" Don Al­gie looks on over the last day of the 2015 re­gatta.

Photo: Shirley Wod­son

ON FORM: Lo­cal yacht Con­dor, while not a win­ner this year, still cut an im­pres­sive sight.

Photo: Sharon Small­wood

RIGHT WAY UP: The crew of Awe­some man­aged to stay the right way up.

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