Excitement for off beach sailors
Whitsunday Sailing Club will host a sprint racing series over three consecutive Sundays
WHILE all of the off beach sailors were saddened by the death of their coach, Sean O’Regan, after a year-long battle with cancer, Sean’s legacy will not be forgotten.
He left a substantial sum of money for the development of excellence in off beach racing in the region, which includes supporting keen junior sailors into ownership of their own boats, with a view to development by competing in regattas throughout Queensland and Australia.
Off beach commodore at the Whitsunday Sailing Club Luke Mairs has been entrusted with the honour of administering the fund and he and his brother, Tristram, spent weeks during Sean’s illness discussing how best to use the bequest.
The Olympic Laser class has been chosen for young sailors to progress from the junior classes as the boat is affordable, not expensive to maintain and offers the opportunities to participate in racing at an elite level.
Sail Airlie 2016 incorporating the North Queensland Laser Championships and the Sabot North Queensland Series will be held during the Easter weekend. The event is the premier off beach event in the region and will attract competitors from all over Queensland.
As a prelude to the regatta, the Whitsunday Sailing Club will host a sprint racing series over three consecutive Sundays, commencing March 6 at 1pm.
There will be coached racing for the Green Fleet, which is open to those able to sail to windward. For those wishing to take part but do not own a boat, Opti Tackers, Corsairs and Lasers are available for hire.
Those interested should phone Jenny Mairs on 0419 378 517.
BEACH SAILING: Off beach training under the watchful eyes of Sean O’Regan.