Mes­sage from re­gional mayor

Sailors wel­comed to town one and all

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IT IS with great plea­sure that I wel­come the many com­peti­tors and their fam­i­lies, visi­tors and lo­cals who are part of this year’s Air­lie Beach Race Week Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing; one of the most an­tic­i­pated sport­ing events on the an­nual cal­en­dar.

Air­lie Beach Race Week was first held 28 years ago and last year it reached a record 131 en­tries.

It’s not sur­pris­ing, with the warm win­ter wa­ters of the trop­i­cal north and beau­ti­ful Whit­sun­day is­lands pro­vid­ing the per­fect back­drop for com­peti­tors from all over the world.

In fact, 75% of peo­ple that are part of the com­pe­ti­tion and vis­it­ing for the on­shore fes­ti­val are from over­seas or in­ter­state.

Closer to home, we also wel­come a large num­ber of visi­tors from our neigh­bours in Mackay and Townsville.

This event pro­vides a mas­sive eco­nomic boost to our re­gion, with an in­cred­i­ble amount of money be­ing spent lo­cally on ac­com­mo­da­tion, re­tail, din­ing and tourism ac­tiv­i­ties. It re­ally is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant events held in the Whit­sun­day re­gion. This year’s event is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to help show the world that the Whit­sun­days is re­cov­er­ing from the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

It has been a hard few months but hav­ing this ex­cit­ing event draw thou­sands of peo­ple to our re­gion is some­thing we are very thank­ful for.

Out on the wa­ter I’m sure there will be some fierce com­pe­ti­tion pro­vid­ing a thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence for the com­peti­tors and mak­ing spec­tac­u­lar view­ing for ev­ery­one else.

Fi­nally, I would like to ac­knowl­edge the spon­sors and the great work by the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club in the co-or­di­na­tion of this event – you do a fan­tas­tic job! Good luck to all the com­peti­tors.

I hope to see you there.

— Cr An­drew Will­cox

Mayor WEL­COME to the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club and the run­ning of the 28th Air­lie Beach Race Week.

Once again, the re­gatta for­mat has been re­fined to pro­vide the com­peti­tors, their fam­i­lies and friends, and the lo­cal com­mu­nity a great op­por­tu­nity to be part of one of the best re­gat­tas in Aus­tralia.

This year has been par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing for the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, with Cy­clone Deb­bie hav­ing a ma­jor af­fect on the area.

Many boats were lost or dam­aged, many busi­nesses suf­fered ma­jor dis­rup­tion and many homes were de­stroyed.

How­ever, it is the strength of a great club to pull to­gether to con­tinue to grow this re­gatta.

As al­ways, we aim to pro­vide com­peti­tors with the best pos­si­ble rac­ing, with plenty of va­ri­ety of cour­ses and sail­ing con­di­tions.

This re­gatta is unique in Aus­tralia as be­ing able to pro­vide a great sail­ing venue that al­lows both grand prix rac­ers and week­end war­riors to race side by side around some of the world’s best sail­ing wa­ters.

On shore, we con­tinue to run leg­endary af­ter rac­ing par­ties, with great mu­sic, great at­mos­phere, and plenty to eat and drink.

In ad­di­tion, for the non sailors, we have the long lunch, the fun run, the fa­mous co­conut lotto, and op­por­tu­ni­ties to see the rac­ing up close from our fan­tas­tic spec­ta­tor boat.

None of this would hap­pen with­out our vol­un­teers, who gather each year to pro­vide the fa­cil­i­ties, the on wa­ter sup­port, a na­tional jury, great rac­ing and keep the on­shore events hap­pen­ing.

Led again by De­nis

Many boats were lost or dam­aged, many busi­nesses suf­fered ma­jor dis­rup­tion and many homes were de­stroyed. How­ever, it is the strength of a great club to pull to­gether to con­tinue to grow this re­gatta. — Ross Chisholm

Thomp­son and his team, to­gether with the lo­cal or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, this will again be a great re­gatta.

Don’t for­get to come back to the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club af­ter rac­ing each day, where the par­ties be­gin, the sto­ries are told, and prizes are awarded for both on and off the wa­ter.

See you there.

— Ross Chisholm

Chair­man Air­lie Beach Race Week

Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing

Ross Chisholm.

Cr An­drew Will­cox.

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