Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring - Generic

Airlie Beach Race- Anniversary regatta to farewell Airlie Race star

by Tracey Johnstone on 21 Jul 2014
Vision Surveys Airlie Beach Race Week 2014 - Twenty-fifth anniversary final regatta for Storm 2. Shirley Wodson
The Vision Surveys 25th Airlie Beach Race Week, which starts on the 8th August 2014, is the farewell regatta for Storm 2, a stalwart of the regatta for the last ten years and perennial Cruising Division line honours star.

Owner Don Algie has sold his 66-foot beauty to New Zealand with the boat departing Airlie Beach two days after the end of Race Week.

For the last 10 years Algie has campaigned Storm 2 to victory in the Cruising Division on numerous occasions. He admits it has been tough though as the yacht isn’t really suitable to short passage races. 'Storm is not really a club racing boat. It’s a fast, long distance cruising boat,' Algie said.

Storm 2 will be racing this year in the Race Week’s largest division with over 40 boats entered. Algie intends racing as hard this year as he would any other year, even though he might have the new owner on board for one or two race days.

His Team will be drawn from his 25 consecutive years of racing at Airlie Beach and from the ranks of Storm and Storm 2. His crew will include his twin brother Bob and his other brother, Peter Scaysbrook and Peter Gudge from Port Macquarie, Bruce Gosper from Nelson Bay, Graham Matthews, Alan Taylor, Peter Taylor and Kieran Smith from Airlie Beach, Glen Oranshaw from Port Douglas, Jean-Pierre Afflick from Byron Bay, Kevin Cochrane from Mooloolaba and crew boss Brad Acaster.

This year is a very special one for Algie. Twenty-five years ago when Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) were looking for a new sponsor for an existing three-race series event, Don Algie stepped up to the mark with his Hogs Breath brand.

The regatta was renamed the Hogs Breath Cruising Classic. Under Algie’s guidance the regatta morphed into Hogs Breath Race Week and then Airlie Beach Race Week.

WSC commodore Jim Hayes reported; 'Don was certainly the visionary and the driving force behind the development of the event into a world class regatta, melding top class racing organisation with the fun factor of the 'tropical shirt regatta' in Airlie Beach, the Tropical Resort Town.'

Algie is playing it low-key on what his Storm 2 will be doing to farewell the boat and celebrate 25 years of Airlie Beach Race Weeks. 'We will all be in the uniform of the Port of Airlie, our sponsor,' Algie said.

'We do have our own beer though; Storm beer,' he added. The beer was brewed in New Zealand no less, soon to be the new home of Storm 2.

While the local sailing community may be sad to see Storm 2 go, Algie is adamant he is not. 'It’s time to see her go. She’s 10 years old, but still like new. I don’t know what I replace her with. I might get a smaller boat like a Farr 40. I will look around and see what is there, something I can use as a club racer.'

Entries close Friday 1st August 2014.
Schaefer 2016 Ratchet 300x250T Clewring CruisingNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Clipper Race crew member successfully medevaced from North Atlantic
Chris Drummond from High Wycombe, UK a crew member on board IchorCoal, had complained of severe chest pains yesterday. Chris Drummond, 62, from High Wycombe, UK a crew member on board IchorCoal, had complained of severe chest pains yesterday but was stabilised after receiving care from one of the team’s two on board medics, a Consultant Anesthetist.
Posted on 24 Jun
Stéphane Le Diraison aiming to qualify for the Vendée Globe
Aboard his very good boat, the former Hugo Boss from 2008, he hopes to sail around the world in under 90 days. As for his budget, while the name of his boat is still up for grabs, he is today certain he will be taking part. Aboard his very good boat, the former Hugo Boss from 2008, he hopes to sail around the world in under 90 days.
Posted on 24 Jun
Vendée Globe – Thomas Ruyant wins the SNSM Record in St. Nazaire
There were in fact four candidates taking part in the SNSM Record, if we add Bertrand de Broc to this list of three. Now a classic race, this event raises funds for the French lifeboat service and this year, three competitors from the next Vendée Globe were up against each other: Thomas Ruyant, Arnaud Boissières and the Swiss sailor, Alan Roura.
Posted on 24 Jun
The Vendée Globe goes Asian with Kojiro Shiraishi
Another important step in the internationalisation. For the first time, an Asian is ideally placed to be at the start. Thanks to a neat trajectory and a very decent seventh place in the New York – Vendée transatlantic race, Kojiro Shiraishi has obtained his sailing qualification for the Everest of the seas aboard Spirit of Yukoh. This Bruce Farr designed boat from 2007, built in England, is none other than Alex Thomson’s ex-Hugo Boss (previously called BT and Veolia).
Posted on 24 Jun
Two young members of the Team Tilt squad selected for the Rio Olympics
Sebastien and Lucien have been racing the 49er together for two years. They have quickly progressed up the ranks Some very encouraging results over the last few months combined with a place becoming available and the Swiss Olympic ‘Newcomer Rule’ mean that Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean will be heading to Rio this summer to represent their country at the Olympic Games.
Posted on 24 Jun
Split fortunes as Atlantic storm divides the Clipper Race fleet
A dramatic storm stalled progress for some teams yesterday, widening the margin between the front and back of the fleet. A dramatic Atlantic storm stalled progress for some teams yesterday, widening the margin between the front and back of the fleet, and it is the boats to the south which are still enjoying the added power of the Gulf Stream which have made best progress over the past 24 hours.
Posted on 24 Jun
52 Super Series fleet grows in numbers for Audi Settimana delle Bocche
The 52 Super Series fleet grows in numbers for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s renowned Audi Settimana delle Bocche The 52 Super Series fleet of TP52s grows in numbers for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s renowned Audi Settimana delle Bocche which starts on Monday with the first official practice race. Peter Harrison and his crew of Sorcha step into the 52 Super Series arena for their very first time at the circuit’s second regatta of five, meaning that there will be 12 TP52s starting in Sardinia
Posted on 24 Jun
One mistake and the fleet is gone at 470 Junior Worlds
Waters off Kiel, shrugged off their reputation for chilly Baltic temperatures and turned on Mediterranean temperatures The waters off Kiel, Germany shrugged off their reputation for chilly Baltic temperatures and turned on Mediterranean temperatures and much more settled breezes on day two at the 2016 470 Junior World Championship. Clearly the warmth and decent breezes suited the Spanish partnership of Silvia Mas/Paula Barcelo who accelerated to take over pole position in the 470 Women fleet by five points.
Posted on 24 Jun
Monegasque conditions bring Stefano Roberti to top of the J/70 fleet
The seven meter boat is booming in North America and Europe like no other boat class. The J/70 class has undergone a rapid development in the previous years, the seven meter boat is booming in North America and Europe like no other boat class.
Posted on 24 Jun
Oman Air dazzle on opening day of Extreme Sailing Series in Cardiff
Oman Air turned the focus in Cardiff from tough test to tough team after launching their Welsh campaign 2016 Extreme Sailing Series - Oman Air turned the focus in Cardiff from tough test to tough team after launching their Welsh campaign with a string of successes to end the opening day at the top of the Extreme Sailing Series leaderboard.
Posted on 24 Jun