Ex­cite­ment for off beach sailors

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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