Sail Airlie Regatta a record
Competitors from all corners of the state enjoy competition day
IT WAS all action on the water last weekend, with more than 300 competitors descending on the region for the 2016 Sail Airlie Regatta.
With over 70 boats taking to the water, the event attracted entrants from as far away as Tinaroo in the north, all the way down to Brisbane in the south.
The crews competed over three course areas, with vessels ranging from the high performance 29er, a training boat for the Olympic 49er, through the Laser division, down to the Tackers.
The sailors were just as diverse as their craft, with kids as young as seven taking part, ranging up to competitors in their 60s.
A solid field of women also took to the water, forming 25% of the contingent.
It was a double whammy event for the Laser class, with the regatta forming their North Queensland Championship.
Michael Wilson was fortu- nate enough to claim the laurels on the day.
The Sabot sailors also put their competition points on the line, with the regatta included as one of the legs in the North Queensland Sabot Series.
CLEAR SAILING: The 2016 Sail Airlie Regatta brought in a huge field of competitors.