Please select your home edition
Edition
Doyle Sails 2020 - Built for Adventure 728x90 TOP

Kerrie in F18 'Driver' seat at Airlie Beach Race Week

by Di Pearson/ABRW 17 Aug 15:08 PDT 11-18 August 2022

Kerrie Driver is among the off-the-beach F18 multihull sailors competing at the Whitsunday Sailing Club's 34th Airlie Beach Race Week this week and all of the class knows who the Sydneysider is.

Driver, who has raced in the F18 class for eight years now, owns the boat she named 'Her Broomstick'. In fact, it's her second F18 of that name. And on the back of the boat are the words 'Driven by Bitch Dust'.

"This is the second F18 we've named My Broomstick. The first one, we were trying to decide a name. A couple of days later, I literally had a broomstick in my hand and my husband (Andrew) said, 'Why don't you call it My Broomstick?' And that stuck. This boat has the same sail number of the last one too.

My husband is my crew. We call him the 'Monkey up the Front' and I'm the Pirate Princess. Everyone knows me by that name.

They wear pink everything on the boat, inclusive of wetsuits - and pink lippy for her only.

"It stands out. We can be seen if we capsize. And it makes a statement," Driver says with a smile.

"Since I came back to racing after having kids (she has three - 26, 20 and 19 years old). all my boats and accessories have been pink."

Driver says Andrew does cop a bit of flak from the blokes, but doesn't care.

"My husband has always raced the F18 with me. When I first met him, he was sailing with th president of the class. The first time he sailed with me, we were first to the top mark and ultimately finished the race third. His other skipper yelled out 'You're not keeping him'. But I did, I married him to keep him as my crew!"

The Kurnell Cat Club sailor says her enjoyment in the class comes from "Family. We race all over Australia and it's just the people in the class. They're lovely and would do anything to help you. If you have breakages, a rudder whatever, if anyone has a spare they will give it to you."

When she gets the chance, Driver says, "I have pink tape that I stick to the back of other crews' boats. If they take it off, I stick two bits on!"

Have they appreciated being here at Airlie Beach? "Yes, we're all having a good time here. And there's a lot to do after racing."

The Kellyville sailor says she is next looking forward to the F18 Nationals to be held at their home club in January, when around 50 entries are expected.

Driver ends, "I'm a lunatic. I love what I do. My boss hates me cos I'm never at work!"

Today is the final day at ABRW where a record 178 boats are taking part.

Ross Chisholm, the WSC Event Chairman, says, "A good way to finish off the regatta today, with mainly south/south-easterlies of around 16 knots."

Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and is a feature on the It's Live! in Queensland events calendar.

Full results and all information on Airlie Beach Race Week, please visit abrw.com.au.

Related Articles

2022 Airlie Beach Race Week final day
A magic day on the water for the record fleet of 178 taking part A magic day on the water for the record fleet of 178 taking part in the final day of racing at Airlie Beach Race Week (ABRW) in the Whitsundays, the sun and wind turned on their charms one more time, as whales and dolphins cavorted in the background. Posted on 18 Aug
ABRW: It's come down to 'take no prisoners'
A lovely 15-20 knot breeze shook up competitors on the penultimate day Airlie Beach Race Week (ABRW) reached its penultimate day and a lovely 15-20 knot breeze shook up competitors who had been basking in light conditions all week at the Whitsunday Sailing Club's marquee event. Posted on 17 Aug
Big winds arrive as McVeys vie for Weta supremacy
Father and son duo Todd and Ryab McVey are sailing in the Weta trimaran class A super competitive father and son are sailing in the Weta trimaran class at Airlie Beach Race Week in the Whitsundays this week where the results have sea sawed between the pair from Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club in Boreen, Queensland. Posted on 16 Aug
Airlie Beach Race Week update
Two days left to make a difference The Whitsunday Sailing Club's Airlie Beach Race Week (ABRW) continued today, with multiple classes and a record 178 entries where some pointscores are becoming clear and others are so close they are tied on points. Posted on 16 Aug
Airlie Beach Race Week: Pioneer Bay Race today
another light on for breeze weather forecast for the record fleet of 178 boats competing With another light on for breeze weather forecast today, the record fleet of 178 boats competing at the 34th Airlie Beach Race Week will shift gears as the much anticipated Bay Race, which normally occurs on the final day, has been moved up to today. Posted on 16 Aug
ABRW: Team Hollywood makes it two from two
The Botin 40 leads Airlie Beach Race Week IRC/ORC Division 1 after two days of racing Following an hour's delay in racing at ABRW today as officials waited for the breeze to fill in, Ray Roberts and his Team Hollywood added a further win to their Day 1 victory to take command of IRC/ORC Division 1 of the Whitsunday SC's 34th regatta. Posted on 14 Aug
Olympian 'home' at Airlie Beach Race Week
Australian Olympian Mara Stransky is among the record numbers taking part Australian Olympian Mara Stransky is among the record numbers taking part in the Whitsunday Sailing Club's 34th Airlie Beach Race Week (ABRW), which started off Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday Islands on Friday. Posted on 14 Aug
Airlie Beach Race Week Day 2
Wind gods make call - racing abandoned On Day 2 of Airlie Beach Race Week (ABRW), competitors in the record fleet of 178 boats were initially held ashore, as organisers Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) monitored a very light and variable breeze Posted on 13 Aug
Families soak up sailing and celebrate at ABRW
Sailing rubs off on the younger generation at Airlie Beach Race Week Families that sail together stay together - just ask those whose enthusiasm for sailing has rubbed off on the younger generation and other family members at ABRW - among them is Geoff Dews, whose family have joined him for a special celebration. Posted on 12 Aug
Airlie Beach Race Week Day 1
Mass start enthralls onlookers A stunning day for the Airlie Beach Race Week (ABRW) opener, a mass start of 178 boats on Pioneer Bay, in winds of 15 knots from the south-east blowing down on those taking part in the Whitsunday Sailing Club's marquee event in the scenic Whitsundays. Posted on 12 Aug
Armstrong-A-Wing-728x90 gif BOTTOMSOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 BottomC-Tech 2021 (Spars-QFX Racer) 728x90 BOTTOM