Cy­clone not enough to stop Race Week

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THE Air­lie Beach Race Week is “def­i­nitely” go­ing ahead.

This is the mes­sage Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club event spokesper­son Adrian Bram stressed amid a mas­sive clean-up ef­fort of the venue.

And ac­cord­ing to Mr Bram, this is not all that is on the hori­zon.

“To start things off, the event’s Sup­port­ers Launch will go ahead at the club, which only suf­fered mi­nor dam­age, on Thurs­day, April 20,” he said.

“And we’re al­ready well into plan­ning stages for the Long Late Lunch on the Lawn that was so pop­u­lar last year, a wine tast­ing, food stalls, fun run, an out­rig­ger chal­lenge and the mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment.”

De­spite sur­round­ing Air­lie Beach veg­e­ta­tion suf­fer­ing a blow, Mr Bram said the “not in­sur­mount­able task” would be com­plete be­fore the Race Week, to be held from Au­gust 10-17.

Sailors who have re-af­firmed their com­mit­ment to the an­nual event in­clude Tap the Goose yacht owner Colin Pol­lock, Peren­nial Holy Cow cou­ple John and Kim Clin­ton and Dar­ren Drew will tow his Top Gun ves­sel from Syd­ney.

With en­tries ex­pected to ac­cel­er­ate in due course, Mr Bram urged peo­ple to get in­volved now.

“I urge com­peti­tors to

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