|09 Aug 2012|
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012 – the stage is set
Sailing in the 23rd annual Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week is just a day away. The event runs until August 16th with a record number of sailors racing in a strong 120+ boat fleet.
|Team Vodafone Sailing - Airlie Beach Race Week 2011 Stu Mackinvern |
Tonight at the Airlie Beach Race Week skipper's briefing at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, the subject of most interest beyond the details of this very successful regatta will be Olympic sailing news.
Right now, as it happens every fourth year, the Olympics co-incide with Airlie Beach Race Week.
This year the Australian Olympic sailors half the world away at London 2012 are dramatically lifting the profile of the sailing sport nation-wide, with two Gold medals in the bag and another two Gold medals in play as two more Australian crews lead their classes.
|London Olympic 2012 Games - Laser Gold medallist -Tom Slingsby Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright|
Tomorrow the colour of the third medal will become known as Queenslander Mat Belcher and Sydney sailor Malcolm Page face off in the 470 dinghy class against the Brits, who can only take away Australia's third Gold medal of the London 2012 series by beating our sailors with an extra boat between them.
Australia's Oliva Price and her match racing crew are favourites for an incredible fourth Gold medal, to be decided on Sunday night Airlie Beach time.
| August 8, 2012 - Weymouth, England - Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) Gold Medal winners Richard Gladwell|
At the briefing tonight for the Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week the 2012 skippers will be told that after a warm week with soft winds, the latest weather forecast indicates a week of tradewinds ahead.
The first warning signal for the 2012 event will be at 10:55am on Friday and Principal Race officer Jim Hayes has confirmed his intention of running the Cones-Armit race, the traditional series opener, as scheduled.
As the fleet streams north, the IRC Racing and Multihull fleets will sail a 31 nautical mile course from the Pioneer Bay start line upwind to a Mandalay clearing mark, a fast down-wind leg to Double Cone Island, a reach across to Armit Island and then further west to Olden Island and back to Pioneer Bay.
It will not be surprising if the giant ORMA 60 trimaran, Simon Hull's TeamVodafoneSailing, is across the finishing line before some of the fleet has reached Double Cone.
The IRC Cruising, Super 30, Performance Racing and Cruising fleets will sail a shorter 23 nautical mile course, turning for home after rounding Armit Island while the Cruising Div 2, Non-Spinnaker and Sports Boats will round Double Cone and head back, sailing just 19 nautical miles in all.
The stage is set.
More information is available on Airlie Beach Race Week website at www.airliebeachraceweek.com.au
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week media
The Whitsunday Sailing Club hosts the regatta and this year they have gained sponsorship from over 30 businesses to ensure the 23rd annual Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week showcases the best of Airlie Beach and sailing in the Whitsundays.
Major sponsors include Telcoinabox, Events Queensland, XXXX, Mount Gay Rum, Nautilus Marine, Whitsunday Regional Council, Port of Airlie, Abel Point Marina and Airlie Beach Hotel. Other sponsors include Airlie Court Holiday Apartments, Colin Pruden Homes, Colour Me Crazy, Doyle Sailmakers, Figurehead Hair Salon, Fun Rentals, Hawkes Boatyard, Mama Africa, Mango House Resort, Marlin Marine, Musto, Neverfail Springwater, Portside Whitsunday, Quadrant Marine, Ride Whitsundays, Ronstan, Shingley Beach Resort, Shipwrecked Bar & Grill, Telltale Communications, Tropix Photography, Ullman Sails, Village Cafe Restaurant & Bar, Whitsunday Escape, Whitsunday Industrial Services, Whitsunday Ocean Services, Whitsunday On the Beach, Whitsunday Parking, Whitsunday Times, Whitsundays 2 Everywhere and Yalumba.
Media covering this event would be advised to register at www.airliebeachraceweek.com on the media centre link.
As well as being sent all the news and results, accredited media will have access to copyright free high res images for editorial use only.( Not for online image galleries)
For further media information concerning the 2012 Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week please contact: Event Media Manager Jane Kothe Phone +61249772116 Mob: + (0) 409750682 Email email@example.com
For media intending to be at the event, the Race Office will be at the Whitsunday Sailing Club. HOWEVER the media office will NOT be there.
The Media Conact Office, which is on the ground floor of the Abel Point Marina building has unfortunately no journalists working spaces. You will need to bring your Broadband USB internet stick.
If you wish to cover the event from the onwater Media Boat, you will need to contact us by phone ASAP.
Event Media Manager Jane Kothe Mob: + (0)409750682 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Media Boat is a Kevlar Camera Cat excellent for TV and still work and allows us to get up close and personal with the racing fleet.
We understand time constraints and can get you on and off the water fast. You will need a wind jacket and sunscreen.