Please select your home edition
Edition
Ocean Elements 2016

Airlie Beach Race Week - Day 1

by Di Pearson, ABRW media on 11 Aug 10-17 August 2017

Day 1 at Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing hosted by Whitsunday Sailing Club got off to a fabulous start – lots of sun and a light breeze for entrants to ease into the competition.

Sailing in light airs, the entire fleet contested the Double Cones course, with the IRC Passage boats away first, followed by Multihull Racing and Performance divisions, with the rest following suit at five minute intervals, the Trailer Yachts brigade last away.

The multihulls were quickest around the course, with David Davenport's Misty Sea (WA) taking first place from John Williams' Tyee III (Vic) and Sean Nicholls' Paxos (Qld) in the Multihull Passage division.

"What a beautiful day," Davenport said on coming ashore. "We only had to put in two tacks upwind because there was a lot of easterly in the breeze. Perfect for us, because the boat is not a good upwind tacker. We had Tyee and Paxos close by for the entire race, so it was enjoyable.

"We'll probably be punished by the handicapper now, but it doesn't matter – we always have a good time here and meet great people. It's fun and relaxed. It's our third Airlie Beach Race Week in a row. The boat winters on the east coast and the crew just flies in from Perth and sails it," he ended.

Mitch Gordon sailed his little Sydney 38, The Goat (NSW), to a rather large six minute win over Phil Turner's rather large RP66, Alive (Tas), with David Currie's modified Farr 40, Ponyo (Vic) third.

In Performance Division 2, Queensland's Vivace (Gary Smith and John Rae's Bethwaite 79er) won from Andrew York's REO Speedwagon (NSW) and Craig Humphries Conquistador (Qld), also a Bethwaite design.

According to Teri Dodds, a crew member aboard fourth placed Poco Loco (Cam Rae, Vic): Vivace led around the entire course. They went so close to the Cones and we went wide – she creamed us. "Despite that, it was a beautiful day's sail," the Geelong yachtswoman said.

At the back end of Performance 2 are Roger Jepsen and crew aboard his new Whereswal II a Fareast 28 that replaces the yacht he sailed here last year.

"It's a new boat sailed by old bodies," declared the Victorian. "We are all north of 60 - some nudging 70," Jepsen said.

"Two of us towed the boat up from Melbourne to Airlie Beach in three days. We were pretty tired when we arrived, but a few beers and the sunshine did wonders," he said laughing.

Peter Harrison and his crew may have been beaten to the punch today – twice - by fellow Whitsunday Sailing Club members. But he and his aptly named 'Awesome' crew had an awesome time anyway.

"We didn't win, but we finished third on a magic day of sailing," Harrison said. "Typical Whitsunday weather – that's why we race at this event every year."

All starts were away on time in a light north-easterly breeze with no incidents reported. And how good was it to see the many locals back on the water in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, mixing it with their rivals from other Queensland clubs and interstate?

In Cruising Division 1, Gary Cripps', Guilty Pleasures VI (Tas) defeated golden oldie Condor (Carole Gifford, Qld) and Charles Wallis' local boat, Reignition.

Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing closed with 102 entries across nine classes and division. For full results go to:

Full results in all nine divisions: www.abrw.com.au/sailing/results

Land Rover BAR Cap
REPORT OF THE MONTH SPONSORED BY Report of the Month sponsored by Henri Lloyd Nominate this article for report of the month for your chance to WIN a Land Rover BAR Cap for yourself and the author of the report that receives the most votes. Just fill in the form below!
Your name

Your email address

Why do you like this report?



Related Articles

Airlie Beach Race Week overall
A beautiful day wraps up the event Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sails was a light weather regatta - race officials were even forced to abandon all attempts at racing yesterday - and for a short time it looked likely to happen again today, but just after 11am all that changed. Posted today at 7:58 am
Airlie Beach Race Week day 6
Multihull madness Going into the final day's racing at Whitsunday Sailing Club's Airlie Beach Race Week, local sailmaker Paul Mitchell (Ullman Sails), leads the charge for overall honours in the Multihull Racing division, three points ahead of George Owens' Fury Road. Posted on 17 Aug
Airlie Beach Race Week day 5
A windless day of relaxing ashore Day 5 at Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing hosted by Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) and the forecast was not good for racing – barely a breath of wind on a glassed out Pioneer Bay, forcing PRO, Denis Thompson to raise the AP at 8.30am. Posted on 16 Aug
Airlie Beach Race Week day 4
Light on for breeze and a change of plan The sun came out in force, but the going was light on Day 4 of Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing hosted by Whitsunday Sailing Club, making it difficult for race officials to get racing away. Posted on 15 Aug
Airlie Beach Race Week day 3
Glorious conditions in the Whitsundays Day 3 at Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing hosted by Whitsunday Sailing Club and the breeze from the 11am start was at 13-16 knots, ideal for the 100 plus competitors who are also enjoying the tee-shirt conditions the venue offers. Posted on 13 Aug
Airlie Beach Race Week day 2
Tick it off the bucket list Mark Skelton forsook the Barbados and the 2017 OK Dinghy World Championship just so he could finally attend Airlie Beach Race Week – and so far it has paid in spades – two wins from two races. Posted on 12 Aug
Entries close Thursday
For Airlie Beach Race Week 2017 Entries for Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing close at 2400hrs on Thursday August 3, so Whitsunday Sailing Club organisers urge prospective competitors to go online and enter now rather than miss out. Posted on 2 Aug
25 days and counting to Airlie Beach Race Week
Fun run, rock and roll music, lunch on the lawn... Whitsunday Sailing Club is in serious gear-up mode for its signature event, Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing, putting the final touches to its renowned activities and entertainment program ahead of the August 10 start date. Posted on 16 Jul
Famous names and faces prepare
For Airlie Beach Race Week showdown Several famous boats and equally famous sailors with speed as their focus are ready for a showdown at Airlie Beach Race Week, to be held from 10 to 17 August 2017. Posted on 11 Jun
Ready, willing and 'Abell'
For Airlie Beach Race Week While clean-ups are still in progress in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, all in the Whitsundays are working hard to make sure everything is ready for the winter season of racing and cruising, including, of course, for Airlie Beach Race Week. Posted on 14 May