Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Airlie Beach Race Week - Multihull march begins as entries trickle in

by Tracey Johnstone on 30 Apr 2014
Vision Surveys Airlie Beach Race Week 2014 multihull cruising entry, Drumbeat. Jan Torres
Now that the Multihull Brisbane to Gladstone Race has concluded, multihull owners are starting to focus on their plans for the northern winter including the 25th anniversary Airlie race week.

This year’s Vision Surveys Airlie Beach Race Week, being conducted by Whitsunday Sailing Club from the eighth-15th August, will include OMR Racing and Multihull Cruising divisions.

The first trickle of entries has started, but Vice Commodore of the Multihull Yacht Club of Queensland, Mike Hodges, assures the event organisers this is only the soft start to an expected flood for this year’s celebratory event. 'There will plenty of multihull entries up there, but they probably won’t enter the regatta until at least the month before. That is pretty normal.

'The most multihulls we have had up north at Airlie was last year for the Multihull National Championships. I don’t think you will get many more than that. Most of those boats aren’t ocean racers, but rather trailables and regatta boats. Everyone had such a good time in Airlie the last couple of years, so I think there will be a good roll-up this year.'

The first Multihull Cruising Division entry in is from event sponsor, Vision Surveys’ Brian Forrester. It’s been a while since Forrester raced his 62-foot Drumbeat, preferring to cruise the boat single-handed. 'I raced it in the Multihull Rendezvous probably about four years ago.

'I quite enjoy the racing, but I am too busy most of the time to be able to get fully into it and get a crew organised', he said.

He has one crew lined up and hopes to have time over the coming months to compete in the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s Wednesday afternoon twilight races where he will able to recruit a few more crew and do some crew training.

'I have one crew member, my good friend Geoff Wilson. I need about three or four others. I usually sail single-handed so I am going to have to learn to share,' he quipped.

Forrester is looking forward to the fun side of the event rather than the competitive side. With the boat remaining in cruising mode and the coffee machine firmly ensconced in the galley, he doesn’t expect to be winning any race honours. He might off-load one or two heavy items, but the fridge and freeze, washing machine and the coffee machine are not going anywhere.

The Notice of Race and the online entry for the nine divisions is here Entries close Friday 1st August 2014.

Barz Optics - FloatersWildwind 2016 660x82Mackay Boats

Related Articles

Vendée Globe – A hugely popular event and media success
With 29 skippers setting sail and 10 nations represented, the eighth edition offered a wide range of projects The results show huge increases everywhere: many more people attending the event, unprecedented media coverage and feedback, a record level of international coverage without talking about the very positive race outcome in terms of the rankings.
Posted on 23 Mar
RC44 Championship Tour heads to Lanzarote for final regatta
For 2017 the fleet will return to Europe's southern shores with racing hosted from the new facility, Marina Lanzarote The Calero Marinas have been a regular winter destination for the RC44 fleet over the years having hosted four regattas and three World Championships between 2010 and 2013.
Posted on 23 Mar
A Q&A with Charles Pessler, the regatta director of the legendary STIR
I corresponded with Charles Pessler, STIR’s regatta director, to learn about the event’s recent changes and evolutions. I recently corresponded via email with Charles “Chuck” Pessler, who is serving as the regatta director of the legendary STIR, to learn more about the changes and evolutions that have taken place at the event since my 2010 trip to racing paradise.
Posted on 22 Mar
One great challenge for Transatlantic Race 2019
Greatest challenge has confirmed the start date for its next edition; and this time every competitor will depart Newport A virtual gate off Lizard Point will enable teams to challenge the course record for this historic passage, but the official finish will take place off the Royal Yacht Squadron's waterfront castle in Cowes, England.
Posted on 22 Mar
Less than a month to go to 8th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth
To date, 66 teams have signed up for the event, which bodes well for an exceptional vintage Péan will be casting an expert eye over the event that occurs 10-15 April. A seasoned and talented sailor, he boasts one of the most prestigious track records in French sailing, with victories logged in the Solitaire du Figaro in 1983, then the Whitbread (a crewed around-the-world race with stopovers) in 1986.
Posted on 22 Mar
Transat Jaques Vabre – Oman Sail takes on Class 40 challenge
The new campaign is the latest stage of the relationship between Al Hasni, one of Oman's most promising sailors Oman Sail has revealed a new adventure for 2017 as the pioneering national initiative takes on a double-handed Class 40 challenge pairing up mentor and long-term skipper of various Oman Sail projects, Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, with his protégé and Oman Sail’s most successful offshore sailor, Fahad Al Hasni.
Posted on 22 Mar
RORC Easter Challenge – Free expert coaching
A coach can optimise practice time, provide detailed analysis via both stats and video, can examine specific issues If you want to do better out on the race course, you could buy yourself a newer, more competitive boat. Or sail with a better crew. Or could buy some new sails. Or put in some practice. But keelboat crews frequently forget that one of the best value methods is to employ a coach.
Posted on 22 Mar
Vestas 11th Hour Racing launch Volvo Ocean Race campaign
Vestas are returning for a second edition, after launching their 2017-18 campaign in partnership with 11th Hour Racing Vestas 11th Hour Racing will be led by the American duo of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill. The team are the fourth to announce for the upcoming edition, which begins on 22 October, and they will use the race to promote a sustainability message around the world.
Posted on 21 Mar
St. Barths Bucket Regatta – More action shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images
Posted on 21 Mar
St. Barths Bucket Regatta images by Carlo Borlenghi
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images
Posted on 21 Mar