Now is the time for skippers and crew to start planning their visit to northern Queensland to compete in the 9th annual SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week.
The racing is on from August 27 through to September 1, but there is plenty on the island to do and see before and event after the regatta, including enjoying a leisurely holiday with family and friends.
This year’s regatta divisions will see a mix of ultra-competitive monohulls and multihulls through to the relaxed cruisers and even a few vintage yachts. Seven divisions are on offer to cater for every type of racing and racer/cruiser interest. The details of these divisions and online entry are at www.magneticislandraceweek.com.au
On shore the regatta program is going troppo. Competitors and friends are being encouraged to bring with them their best tropical outfits to help them get into the swing of the parties. Those that forget to pack their flowery numbers can always visit one of the island shops to acquire something suitable for the laid-back onshore festivities.
Dockside daily post racing celebrations, crew party, great food, markets, music, community street party, a long lunch with a very special guest and more are on the program. Each day there will be a highlight activity.
SeaLink’s Business Development Executive Norman Jenkin describes the event organiser’s approach to the 2015 event as very relaxed. “It’s really competitive racing, but off the water it’s going to be a great way to relax and explore Magnetic Island. There are a lot of things to do. It’s a perfect place to stay for a week.
“For the kids there are loads of free activities they can do.”
For the adults there will be several parties away from the marina, one of them at Picnic Bay. “We are going a bit troppo this year with a huge tropical theme party.
“Then the crew party is going to be held at a secret location. Even I don’t know where it will be,” Jenkin joked. “It will be at Peppers, but they are the only ones who know where it will be held. The sailors will get plenty of hints of where to be and when.”
To ensure skippers, crews, family and friends don’t miss a moment of the regatta and the glorious Magnetic Island, they should go to http://www.sealinkqld.com.au/ to book accommodation now.
Registrations are open online at www.magneticislandraceweek.com.au for the 9th Annual SeaLink Magnetic Island Race week from August 27 to September 1, 2015.
– Tracey Johnstone