Na­tional trail­ables event for race week

Trail­ables gain­ing trac­tion in Air­lie Beach

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

AIR­LIE Beach Race Week will have a new ad­di­tion in 2016, with the Aus­tralian Trailer Boat As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounc­ing it will stage a Na­tional Cham­pi­onship at the event.

The ATBA’s Ray Jones ex­pects the ad­di­tion to race week will draw big crowds from NSW and Vic­to­ria.

“Quite a few have been be­fore and travel to­gether, tak­ing breaks along the way, sleep­ing on their boats,” he said.

Mr Jones him­self has raced in the event be­fore.

“It’s ex­cel­lent sail­ing and a re­ally good hol­i­day desti­na­tion,” he said.

Air­lie Beach Race Week race di­rec­tor De­nis Thomp­son said the move was a pos­i­tive.

“It’s a good thing be­cause we’ve had a good rise of trail­ables in last three years, so much so that we have cre­ated an ex­tra divi­sion for them, so this will con­sol­i­date it,” he said.

“We’ll get some good cour­ses on Pi­o­neer Bay and some is­lands races; we can tai­lor the cour­ses to suit the style of boat and con­di­tions.

“We are hop­ing for over 20 boats.”

Get­ting in on the ac­tion, the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club is look­ing at stag­ing a Trail­able Boat Show.

PHOTO: Ray Jones

RAC­ING: Katie II on her way to win­ning a pre­vi­ous trail­able na­tion­als.

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