Meet me halfway

The 2021 Airlie Beach Race Week has hit its halfway point, marking three days of exciting nautical action.

17 August 2021


With Monday 16 August’s lay day defining itself as a relaxing time off, Tuesday will be a day to decide those who will make their presence known.

The conditions are ideal to find out, with the forecast expected to be a nice breeze of 15–20 knots with sun.

“Everyone has had a good day off and we’re sending the Performance Cruising Division 1 boats up to Saddleback Island near Gloucester Passage and back, hopefully with tide running with them both ways,” Chisholm added.

“Likewise for the other divisions, they are also headed north, but to Dumbrell Island, similar to Sunday’s courses.”

The Multihull Racing Division 1 boats will do three windward/leeward races and another three on Wednesday, while Multihull Racing Division 2 will do two windward/leewards. The WETA trimarans will come out in the afternoon for two short windward/leewards.


On the cruising racetrack, Dewi Hughes’ Anthea has taken control in the Non-Spinnaker division. The Hanse 411’s 4-1-3 results so far has her placed a mere point ahead of the nearest adversary and renowned slow burner, Peter Harrison’s Awesome.

With three days of racing remaining, organisers are curious how this division will develop as the three boats closest to the top two are on 14 points each, six points off the lead.

 “We are absolutely happy with how Race Week is going,” Chisholm later commented.

“Today was equal to yesterday and the day before, if not better and competitors seem to be making the most of being able to race again.”

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