National trailables event for race week
Trailables gaining traction in Airlie Beach
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.
RACING: Katie II on her way to winning a previous trailable nationals.