If you are racing/cruising at Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week or Audi Race Week at Hamilton Island next month, then you need to think seriously about adding Magnetic Island Race Week to your winter expedition.
The second annual Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week, at beautiful Magnetic Island off Townsville in tropical North Queensland, will be sailed from Friday 5th to Tuesday 9th September 2008, under the auspices of the Townsville Cruising Yacht Club.
If an owner/skipper and crew might be interested in racing at Magnetic Island’s second annual race week in September 2008, race organisers will send you the DVD of the 2007 series so you can get a feeling for the event, the venue and the facilities. Click here to register interest This year John Clinton (the Wolverines) will be sailing Holy Cow north to Magnetic Island. He makes some good points about the trip south at the end of August and why delaying for a few weeks make sense.
‘We’ll cruise to Magnetic Island after competing in the Hamilton Island regatta.'
He says the extra few weeks in Far North Queensland, as well as being great in the winter, provide another bonus for southern sailors.
'People head south after Hammo, but what every sailor will tell you is that usually you have to battle against southerlies for a week or two.
'With us going up to Magnetic Island, I reckon we are going to dodge all that. We are going to be able to put up a spinnaker and cruise north with the last of the south east trades. By the time we finish the regatta and have cruised around a bit more, the northerlies should have kicked in and we’ll have a good ride south.'
Last year's regatta proved a huge success. It was a hard fought contest and the IRC division winner was not decided until the last Round the Bay Race.
Regatta Director Denis Thompson is looking forward to the 2008 series. 'This venue has enormous potential; the local sailing community has worked hard to make it a success. The facilities are excellent, marina water depths are better than we expected with quite deep drafted yachts able to use the outer harbour and the water provide great sailing.'
Event organisers will be happy to provide more information on local conditions, logistics, accommodation and water depths.
With the success of last year behind them, organisers have vowed to create an even more exciting regatta including more activities available to build the atmosphere of the regatta.
This year the iconic country rock band, the Wolverines will be entertaining sailors and familles during the regatta.
Magnetic Island accommodation is plentiful and caters to any budget. You will find the hospitality on Magnetic Island second to none. On the event website check out the 'Accommodation' tab for special Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week Deals updated regularly or phone Sunsea Travel for the latest deals on the Island 07 4726 0888.
For more information go to www.magneticislandraceweek.com