Sail Air­lie Re­gatta a record

Com­peti­tors from all cor­ners of the state en­joy com­pe­ti­tion day

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

Photo: Kather­ine Bow­ers

CLEAR SAIL­ING: The 2016 Sail Air­lie Re­gatta brought in a huge field of com­peti­tors.

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