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 16 Aug 2012
 

Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and Magnetic Island

Performance Racing start line - Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012  Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week
With a multispeed Australian economy and a high dollar, the FNQ tourism industry is doing it tough.

From Gladstone to Townsville, lots of locals who have been involved in the struggling tourism industry are now working mine-side.

Now the FNQ northern winter regattas are of major significance and the events are attracting much more local media attention.

In 15 years we have never seen the Abel Point Marina so full, the numbers of sailors spending time at the Whitsunday Sailing Club is at an all time high and the local community support for Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012 is as never before.

Cam Rae - Monkey Business (Sports Boats). Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012   Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week


Perfect weather, breeze and sunshine, why would you be anywhere else?

As I key this, there is a golden glow to the east and the black sticks in the marina are perfectly still. We will post the morning weather shortly for another day in a winter paradise.

We will continue to report in detail from all these events, as we've done for many years.

We are looking forward to a similarly glorious weather for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au and SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week www.magneticislandraceweek.com.au

Team Vodafone Sailing. Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012   Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week


Peter Harburg's 66-footer, Black Jack, will have Olympic Gold medallist Tom Slingsby aboard as tactician for next week's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week  Andrea Francolini / Audi ©


Quattro - IRC overall winner - Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week 2011  Teri Dodds ©


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week day 5 - Flying
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week media,
For day 5 of racing at the 23rd Annual Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week the Molle Islands/Cones Race was set by the Race Committee for all fleets except the Sports Boats, who were scheduled to sail windward/leewards in Pioneer Bay.... [more]
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Golden month continues for Estate Master Sailing Team
Estate Master Media Team,
Estate Master Sailing Team has continued its impressive form through the northern hemisphere summer.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show gearing up for a massive 25th
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
In 2013, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will celebrate a major milestone of 25 years delivering success to exhibitors, sponsors and partners. Organisers are encouraging exhibitors past and present to 'make 2013 a landmark event'.... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012 day 5 weather
Kenn Batt,
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012 day 5 weather from Ken Batt.... [more]
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Cowes Week - A truly international regatta
Sue Pelling / CWL,
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has established its position as a truly international regatta with at least thirteen different nations taking part. Competitors have travelled from as far as Australia, Norway, Hong Kong, Sweden and Antigua to take part, and international journalists from India, Russia and China are here to experience the qualities of this unique British sporting occasion.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère DCNS crew await favourable weather window
l'Hydroptère DCNS,
l'Hydroptère DCNS has been on stand-by in the Rainbow Harbor Marina of Long Beach for the past three weeks. The crew is awaiting their first favourable weather window to set sail for Honolulu. The flying trimaran is ready for take-off and all eyes are on the wind gods now.... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week - Teri Dodds Images
Teri Dodds,
It was picture postcard sailing for the fleet racing in the Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week on the picturesque Whitsunday Islands. A settled breeze ranging from 12 - 18 knots, with some of the fleet experiencing the occasional 20 plus over the deck, it was a great day to be out on the water.... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012 - Sports Boats
Teri Dodds,
On Day 4 of the Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012, the wind came in and the sports boats fleet enjoyed some great racing. Teri Dodds was again on the water and provided these images.... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week day 4 - Fresh and exhilarating
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week media,
With the trade winds blowing at 16 knots from the south-east, in bright sunshine and under a blue sky dotted with puffy white clouds, the large fleet headed out for the start of day 4 of racing at Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012.... [more]
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Fountaine Pajot stops French traffic
Multihull Solutions,
The recent transport of a Fontaine Pajot catamaran from a little village called Aigrefeuille to the coast caused the traffic to slow down and attracted lots of interest along the way.... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week - Day 4 forecast
Kenn Batt,
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week - Day 4 forecast: Nil Warnings current at time of writing for this area. Synoptic Discussion: A high currently centred over NSW and moving slowly east, is extending a weakening ridge along the Queensland coast.... [more]
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Farr 30 Worlds - Australian sailors find success not just at Olympics
Angus Clinton,
BMW Farr 30 World Championships - Well-known and well-respected Australian yachtsman, Darren 'Twirler' Jones, is making his triumphant return to Australian shores after another win on the USA based 'Groovederci.' It has been an incredible season for the newly crowned world champions – clocking up 15 first places over the past two regattas and going undefeated at Key West Race Week.... [more]
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Billy Sykes from North Sails reports on Loki's Sydney Gold Coast race
Billy Sykes - North Sails Australia,
With a great forecast for the race and the routing software having stronger breeze off shore but more adverse current the decision on which route Loki would take... [more]
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16-year-old circumnavigator on last leg to birth country New Zealand
Nancy Knudsen,
Remember Laura Dekker - that 16-year-old no-fuss Dutch sailor who circumnavigated the world in spite of her government's best efforts to prevent her? Laura's long-held dream to desert Holland out of distaste for how they treated her, in favour of her birth country of New Zealand, is about to come true.... [more]
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