‘MISTERY’ FOR AIRLIE BEACH

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Bill Hop­ton's Swar­brick S99, Mistery, has been con­firmed as the first lo­cal en­trant into the 31st an­nual Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing event, which takes place in Au­gust, 2019.

Mistery has be­come a reg­u­lar fix­ture at the event in re­cent years and with no se­cond thoughts about en­ter­ing the up­com­ing event, Hop­ton en­sured he didn't for­get to log his en­try. He ex­plained his en­thu­siam sim­ply, say­ing: “...you're rac­ing in the Whit­sun­days in the mid­dle of win­ter in shorts and T-shirt – it's great pas­sage rac­ing, but with­out be­ing too se­ri­ous.”

WSC event cha­ri­man Ross Chisholm was happy to see a fa­mil­iar lo­cal boat on the ros­ter. “It's re­ally great to see a boat I recog­nise that's here ev­ery year and here for the right rea­sons

– to be part of the re­gatta and not just for the tro­phies,” he said, go­ing on to note that Mistery will no doubt put on a com­pet­i­tive race.

Or­gan­is­ers have said that in­ter­est in this year's event has been solid, and they're ex­pect­ing to have around 130 boats tak­ing part by the time Au­gust rolls around. Once again the race week and Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing will pro­vide plenty of land-based en­ter­tain­ment for vis­i­tors and spec­ta­tors, mak­ing the over­all event much more than just a boat race.

The event gen­er­ates around six mil­lion dol­lars for the lo­cal econ­omy, and has gar­nered the sup­port of many lo­cal agen­cies. Tourism Whit­sun­days are show­ing their sup­port by com­bin­ing the April net­work­ing night with the Airlie Beach Race Week launch event, which will take place on April 11.

For up to date info on the event head to www.abrw.com.au

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