Great courses plus an enticing array of wind and sea conditions ensured another memorable event for competitors at this year’s Airlie Beach Race Week.
Race Week organisers are thrilled with the success of the event, both on and off the water, attracting a huge number of sailors and visitors.
Ross Chisholm, Event Chairman of Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing, said, “A fantastic week of sailing with a quality fleet and a real mixture of conditions made everyone happy. It meant the best performing boats were at the top of each division list.”
Racing was tight across the fleet’s 11 divisions, with the wind range – 25 at the top end to seven at the lower – presenting opportunities, depending on the day.
There was significant interest in the first direct match-up between the two newest TP52s in Australia: Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban and Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan.
Organisers are reporting that they welcomed 10,940 attendees over the week of Festival events and entertainment.
When the independent Economic Impact Report is completed by IER Research, organisers anticipate that Race Week will have attracted over $2 million in direct expenditure and made an overall contribution of around $6 million to the Whitsunday Economy.
The dates are set for Airlie Beach Race Week next year so put a note in your calendar, 8 to 15 August 2019.