Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad

Proving loyalty to Airlie Beach Race Week

by Ian Grant on 22 Aug 2011
Awesome weather in the Whitsundays - Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach 22nd Annual Race Week 2011 Teri Dodds - copyright http://www.teridodds.com
During the past 22 years, the Whitsunday Sailing Club has proved their proud tradition and loyalty to host the international standard Airlie Beach Race Week. Over the years this special event now known as the friendly tropical shirt regatta has been responsible for injecting an enormous cash flow into the community.

Remarkably the success of the event which has continued to showcase the regatta and the Whitsunday region as one of Australia’s friendliest and more popular sailing destinations would not be possible without the support from a very loyal group of Whitsunday Sailing Club volunteers.

There are simply too many to name individually however they can take pride that their time and energy from making lunches to assisting with race administration and crewing with the regatta management team on the course contributed to the success of race week.

The dedication of the volunteers who were generally the first on the race course and the last to return to the dock was again supported by their member mates who generated the friendly scene in the hospitality tent.

They offered their services with a friendly smile serving the cold drinks in an atmosphere which has become a feature behind the history of Airlie Beach Race Week being known as Australia’s friendliest yachting regatta.

The endless hours committed to the ‘labour of Love’ provided by the volunteers who are happy to be rewarded with a cut launch and the traditional tropical shirt expresses a special loyalty to their club the sport and to the individual sailors who travel from distant ports to enjoy a week of yacht racing.

This year the Whitsunday Sailing Club gained significant international awareness while the regatta again contributed to a much needed cash flow into the community.

As expected it is difficult to estimate the real value but with over 700 visiting yachtsmen in port who required a warm and stable bed to sleep in plus access to a warm shower and the need to park his deck shoes under a meal table conservatively suggests the cash injected into the community was significant.

However this important contribution to the economic stability of the community would not be possible without the loyalty and dedication provided by the small band of Whitsunday Sailing Club volunteers.

They all have tremendous respect for the role the Club plays with youth development in the sport and have already nominated to be in the volunteer team for Airlie Beach Race Week 2012.
Mackay BoatsInsun - AC ProgramZhik AkzoNobelb 660x82

Related Articles

America's Cup - Ainslie's Boarding Party - Frame by frame
Sail-World captured the incident at the start of Race 6 where Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie) mounted Softbank Team Japan Sail-World captured the incident at the start of Race 6 where Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie) mounted Softbank Team Japan - damaging the steering wheel and other deck damage to the Dean Barker skippered Challenger. The British boat was holed but continued to sail. The carbon shards can be seen hanging out of Land Rover Bar in a later shot during the final Race.
Posted today at 6:29 am
America's Cup - BAR and Softbank duel before the start
35th America’s Cup got underway today with six matches. The conditions were ideal with southwest winds of 11-13 knots The 35th America’s Cup got underway today with six matches. The conditions were ideal with southwest winds of 11-13 knots and flats seas. The race course is inside Great Sound and the America’s Cup village and bases are at Dockyard, the most western extremity of the island.
Posted today at 5:43 am
America's Cup - Scary video from today's collision between GBR and JPN
LRBAR's hull not been stopped by SBTJ's windward foil there would have been serious injuries aboard the Japanese boat. All I can say is that had LRBAR's hull not been stopped by SBTJ's windward foil there would have been serious injuries aboard the Japanese boat. Moreover, notwithstanding the damage done to Land Rover BAR's boat, there must be considerable damage to the dagger-foil case of SBTJ. Considerable.
Posted today at 5:23 am
America's Cup - Day '1.5' gets underway in Bermuda
As Iain Murray put it so well, day '1.5' got underway in Bermuda today after postponement yesterday. As Iain Murray put it so well, day '1.5' got underway in Bermuda today after postponement yesterday.
Posted today at 4:08 am
A smashing start to the 35th America's Cup
Sir Ben Ainslie was forced to explain a highly dramatic collision in first day of Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Sir Ben Ainslie was forced to explain a highly dramatic collision in the first day of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on Bermuda’s Great Sound.
Posted today at 3:55 am
America's Cup - Day 1 - Dodgems continue on the Great Sound
The pre-start collision in Race 6 of the Qualifiers captured the click-bait attention but were otherwise a distraction The pre-start collision in Race 6 of the Qualifiers captured the click-bait attention but were otherwise a distraction to the real take-outs of the Opening day of the 35th America's Cup. First of these were the outcome of the rematch of the 2013 America's Cup protagonists - Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, in Race 5.
Posted today at 3:45 am
Two wins make Oracle Team USA form team on day one
Oracle Team USA was the only team to earn two wins from two starts on day one of the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda. Oracle Team USA was the only team to earn two wins from two starts on day one of the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda. On a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon skipper Jimmy Spithill as his team took a convincing win off Groupama Team France in the opener, before making a dramatic pass in the second race to beat Emirates Team New Zealand by just six-seconds.
Posted today at 3:37 am
America's Cup - Emirates Team New Zealand open with a win
Emirates Team New Zealand kicked off their 35th America’s Cup campaign with a convincing win over Groupama Team France Emirates Team New Zealand kicked off their 35th America’s Cup campaign with a convincing win over Groupama Team France on Bermuda’s Great Sound today. It was the first race for the new look kiwi team racing on sailings greatest stage, and managed to beat the French team with the composure expected of America’s Cup veterans.
Posted on 27 May
Oracle Team USA opens 35th America's Cup with a convincing win
Oracle Team USA opened its quest for a three-peat with a win over Groupama Team France on Saturday afternoon in Bermuda. In picture perfect conditions, skipper Jimmy Spithill won the first start of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers with a timed run to the starting line.
Posted on 27 May
America's Cup - Grudge Match of 2013 Final on Day 1 in Bermuda
The 35th America's Cup will get underway a day late, but in excellent weather that was worth the wait. The 35th America's Cup will get underway a day late, but in excellent weather that was worth the wait. There will be plenty of interest in the key race of the day - Race 5 where Emirates Team New Zealand comes up against Oracle Team USA in a replay of the 2013 America's Cup Match
Posted on 27 May