Another superb day of sailing weather at 2016 Airlie Beach Race Week yesterday and more on the way, according to the local forecast and competitors are asking, “How much longer can this fabulous racing weather last?”
Warm, sunny and lovely trade winds, whales and other sea life amid the beautiful Whitsunday Islands – it has been hard to take.
Race Director, Denis Thompson has three windward/leeward races on the bay planned for the Sports Boats, with the remainder of the fleet sailing a longer passage race to the north-west.
“The course might be longer, but the tide will be with them all the way,” Thompson said. “We expect more south-easterly trades today, but more pressure, probably up to 20 knots.
“Tomorrow is lay day, so everyone can rest up ready for Tuesday, which at this stage looks quite fresh, but we’ll see.”
Once again, daily winners will be acknowledged this evening at WSC. The presentation will be followed by entertainment from the fabulous blues band, the Mason Rock Band at 6pm onwards.
Earlier in the day, while competitors make their way around the race track, those ashore can enjoy the Wine Show from 2pm-6pm. For the more physical, the Outrigger Challenge from 4.30pm-6pm is the place to be.
Warning to all, it will be a late night, as Monday is lay day, but there will be an All Day Lunch for those who recover in time. In the evening, Charisma will play rock ‘n roll, funk, reggae, Rhythm and Blues, old favourites and originals from 6pm onwards at Whitsunday Sailing Club, and all are welcome.
Yesterday afternoon, participants got into the spirit of the occasion in the Family Fun Run, dressing in costume, and all enjoyed themselves, according to Glynis Wilson, a regular volunteer at Race Week.
During the day, family, friends and supporters enjoyed a six-course Long Late Lawn Lunch organised by Whitsunday Sailing Club from 2pm until late.
All Airlie Beach Race Week information: www.abrw.com.au/sailing/entries
– Di Pearson, ABRW media