Air­lie Beach Race Week 2017 on track

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

MAR­KET­ING di­rec­tor of Air­lie Beach Race Week Adrian Bram as­sures the yacht­ing com­mu­nity that “ev­ery­thing is on track” for this year’s event kick­ing off on Au­gust 10.

Mr Bram said the big ques­tion on ev­ery­body’s lips was “are the mari­nas go­ing to be ready?” af­ter the dam­age sus­tained dur­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie.

The an­swer is a re­sound­ing “yes”.

Gen­eral man­ager at Abell Point Ma­rina, Luke McCall af­firmed Mr Bram’s mes­sage to po­ten­tial en­trants in the 2017 Air­lie Beach Race Week.

“The cy­clone is be­hind us, so the mes­sage we want to get out there is that our fo­cus is pre­par­ing for the win­ter sea­son for rac­ers and cruis­ers. It’s a busy pe­riod for us and al­ready boats are booked in for Air­lie Beach Race Week,” he said.

“From July this year, all 507 berths will be back in ser­vice. We had no choice but to be ready.”

Mr Bram said 38 yachts had al­ready en­tered the largest main­land sail­ing re­gatta in Aus­tralia.

Organisers are con­fi­dent the record num­ber of en­tries re­ceived last year could be topped again this year.

The tar­get is 140 yachts, which if achieved will pip last year’s en­tries by seven yachts. And Mr Bram said the event was no longer just for boat­ies.

Af­ter the huge suc­cess of the last year’s long lunch it will re­turn this year but twice the size.

Fit­ness freaks will also be catered to with an­other fam­ily fun run and the out­rig­ger chal­lenge will re­turn this year.

Last year the event chan­nelled $1.8 mil­lion into the Whitsundays and it has been of­fered sig­nif­i­cant Re­gional Event sta­tus by Tourism and Events Queens­land.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

RAC­ING: Last year’s Race Week ac­tion.

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