Air­lie fes­ti­val calls for lo­cal en­tries

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT ON THE WATER -

WITH only five weeks un­til the start gun fires, Air­lie Beach Race Week Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing chair­man Ross Chisholm wants to hear from boat own­ers in­tend­ing to en­ter the 2017 se­ries.

Time is run­ning out to get en­tries fi­nalised and ma­rina berths booked for Race Week.

“I know of at least a dozen lo­cals who have an­nounced their in­ten­tions to com­pete in the re­gatta but have not gone on­line to get their en­tries reg­is­tered,” Mr Chisholm said.

Late en­tries from lo­cals are noth­ing new, but Race Week is a “wet re­gatta”, mean­ing trail­able ves­sels can­not be hauled out of the wa­ter un­til the last race is com­pleted.

As a re­sult, it is im­por­tant ma­rina berths are booked early so race boats don’t end up rest­ing on swing moor­ings out­side the mari­nas be­tween race days.

Abell Point Ma­rina is still tak­ing book­ings and fol­low­ing a sig­nif­i­cant re­con­struc­tion pro­gram, will have berths avail­able.

The Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club also has an al­lo­ca­tion of berths avail­able at Port of Air­lie Ma­rina.

Mr Chisholm also ex­plained race of­fi­cials can’t fi­nalise rac­ing di­vi­sions un­til they have the fi­nal list of en­tries.

PHOTO: SHARON SMALL­WOOD

LO­CAL CALL: Lo­cal yacht, Storm, at the 2016 Air­lie Beach Race Week.

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