Dead­line is com­ing fast

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT | ON THE WATER -

TIME is run­ning out to reg­is­ter for the Air­lie Beach Race Week Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing.

Com­peti­tors will have un­til mid­night to­day with prospec­tive en­trants urged to en­ter on­line now.

Air­lie Beach Race Week promi­nent en­tries who have al­ready reg­is­tered in­clude Tas­ma­nia’s Alive, Phil Turner’s Re­ichel/Pugh 66; Peter Hick­son’s M3, a TP52 from West­ern Aus­tralia, David Cur­rie’s Farr 40 Ponyo (Vic) and new­comer Steve Capell with his Swan 65 Eve (NSW).

They will con­test the IRC Pas­sage Se­ries, while 2013 Rolex Syd­ney Ho­bart win­ner, Dar­ryl Hodgkin­son has char­tered the TP52 Ce­les­tial (NSW) to race in the Per­for­mance Rac­ing di­vi­sion.

‘Dr Dar­ryl’ won Cruis­ing Di­vi­sion 1 last year, but has now upped the ante to race against an eclec­tic mix of Beneteaus, Po­gos, sports boats and Re­ichel/Pughs.

Eight yachts are back fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the Trail­able Yacht Na­tion­als at Air­lie Beach Race Week last year.

Derek Fo­ley re­turns with Wicked and other old faces are All Guns Blazin (Tony Briggs); Check­mate (Don Bow­den); Kameruka (Bob Beale); Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic); Tap the Goose (Colin Pol­lock) and Un­bealeiev­able (Colin Clark).

Neil Hamil­ton and his BSC Sail­ing School (NSW) is the new­comer whose crew will pit them­selves against the rest, while last year’s win­ner, Gog­gles and co on Mis­ter Ma­goo (Qld), will sail in the Per­for­mance Rac­ing di­vi­sion.

Mean­while, in the Sports Boats, An­drew York is trai­ler­ing his lat­est rocket ship, the REO 7.2 REO Speed­wagon and is hop­ing he is ‘on song’ against the com­pe­ti­tion.

Other di­vi­sions in­clude Cruis­ing, Non-Spin­naker Cruis­ing and Mul­ti­hull Rac­ing and Pas­sage.

The to­tal prize pool for Air­lie Beach Race Week is over $28,000.

To en­ter visit: www.abrw.com.

au/sail­ing/en­tries.

RACE IS ON: Air­lie Race Week en­trants have un­til mid­night Au­gust 3 to reg­is­ter.

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