Lay day fun day at SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week

Lay day represents Townsville Airport Father’s Day at SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week (SMIRW), not only for competitors and friends, but the droves that come in their hundreds from mainland Townsville, including tourists.

Picnic Bay was packed to the rafters for the Family Life Sandcastle Competition, markets, food stalls, beach – and a new addition to Townsville Yacht Club’s annual event, Acadian Surf Club’s Great Inflatable Race, which proved a popular new addition.

Llama family enjoy the Great Inflatable Race – Andrea Francolini, SMIRW pic

Anyone with their own inflatable item entered. The Arcadian Surf Club helped with the ‘inflation station for those in need and provided a food stall with drinks for all. Entrants were innovative and there were lots of shrieks from the water and the jetty at Picnic Bay, the perfect viewing platform.

The Great Inflatable Race raised money for community projects. New community sponsors joined the fun day this year, in the shape of Queensland Country Bank and NBN Co.

Afterwards came the mud crab races and entertainment from Godfathers of Funk, who provided great hits and had the crowds up dancing.

A crowd egged on those in the Great Inflatable Race – Andrea Francolini, SMIRW pic

Event Chairman, Mike Steel was there with his family: “We’re having a great time, as everyone seems to be doing. There’s a good selection of things for people to do and it’s good seeing the throngs back again with lockdowns no longer in place,” he said.

Charm Offensive leads SeaLink Division 2 – Andrea Francolini, SMIRW pic

Looking for somewhere to lunch, many enjoyed Picnic Bay’s new micro-brewery and beer garden, which was packed yesterday. Opened by regular SMIRW competitor, James Permezel and friend Mick Grimshaw, the business appears to be a success.

Permezel bases his yacht, Charm Offensive, here at the Island and is currently leading SeaLink Spinnaker Division 2, having won Races 1 and 2.

A glorious sunrise at Maggie Island this morning – Andrea Francolini, SMIRW pic

A new day has dawned and racing re-starts, with the first of seven divisions away at 11am.

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By Di Pearson/SMIRW media

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