‘MISTERY’ FOR AIRLIE BEACH
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