Blue wa­ter rac­ers gear up

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

COM­PETI­TORS of Air­lie Beach Race Week are gear­ing up to rac­ing in the warm cli­mate of the Whit­sun­days where the shore-side en­ter­tain­ment is guar­an­teed to be as ac­tion packed as the rac­ing.

Boosted num­bers across the board are sure to make for a stim­u­lat­ing pro­gram in 2016.

The Cruis­ing di­vi­sions are swelling in num­bers for the 27th run­ning of the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club-hosted event.

And why not – with so much to take in – on the wa­ter and on­shore.

Race di­rec­tor, Denis Thomp­son, has again com­posed thought­ful and var­ied cour­ses to keep all rac­ers on their toes and happy.

In the spin­naker di­vi­sions, 30 own­ers have al­ready an­nounced their in­ten­tion to com­pete.

The fa­mous Holy Cow owned by John and Kim Clin­ton was the first en­try re­ceived by Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club for this year’s Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing.

The Clin­tons will have other reg­u­lars for com­pany, in­clud­ing Gee­long’s Bund­aberg, the Adams Rad­ford owned by John Kint, a fa­mous blast from the past in Ham­mer of

Queens­land and the 29 yearold Kel Stein­man pocket maxi orig­i­nally owned by Arthur Bloore, but now cam­paigned by Michael Ire­land.

Ire­land said the yacht was length­ened from 66 to 76ft in 1992.

“She has won a race at ev­ery ap­pear­ance at Air­lie Beach Race Week, so look out,” he said.

Air­lie Beach Race Week has so far at­tracted en­tries from Hong Kong, Queens­land, Vic­to­ria, Western Aus­tralia, Tas­ma­nia, New South Wales and South Aus­tralia.

On­shore, the mu­sic line-up is a ver­i­ta­ble feast, from reg­gae on the open­ing night to old favourites from the ’ 80s and ’90s the fol­low­ing night.

On the third evening The Cadil­lacs will play ’ 50s and ’60s favourites.

Sun­day night will fea­ture Blues from the pop­u­lar Ma­son Rack Band, and as Mon­day is the lay day, Gold spon­sor Pan­tae­nius Ma­rine In­surance, will make a con­tri­bu­tion to the fes­tiv­i­ties, much to the de­light of com­peti­tors.

Com­peti­tors, fam­ily, friends and Air­lie Beach lo­cals are all in­vited to rock the nightly par­ties back at Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club, so put the dates on your cal­en­dar.

En­tries close at mid­night on Fri­day, Au­gust 5. Late en­tries will in­cur an ad­di­tional fee.

AIR­LIE RAC­ING: The fleet dur­ing 2015 Air­lie Beach Race week.

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