Tropical Festival of Sailing


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Wed 22 Jul 2015
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Airlie Beach Race Week 2015 is the most inclusive and community focused race week in the 26-year history of the event.  Everyone will be welcome to join in the after-racing activities at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, which will include live music every evening and an exciting variety of food at great prices.

This year's Airlie Beach Race Week is celebrating sailing both on water and on land.  We are welcoming crew from as far as France to our Tropical Festival of Sailing with seven days of sailing, seven racing divisions and seven nights of free entertainment under marquees at the Whitsunday sailing Club. This year’s Social Program is open to the public and everyone is welcome to soak up the atmosphere and share in the fun.  

"We want the whole town to be involved in race week and for the individuals and businesses to be active participants in its benefits", says ABRW Committee Chairman, Jim Hayes.

With a fleet of 108 yachts from across Australia the colour and spectacle is impressive. The parade of vessels leaving the marinas each morning with battle flags flying, followed by the ballooning of a hundred colourful sails just off the Beach foreshore will impress even those who know little about this highly competitive sport.

People can meet the crews every afternoon between 3:30pm and 4:30pm for Welcome Ashore Happy Hour at Barcelona Tapas Bar on the waterfront at Abell Point Marina. Every day from 4:30pm until late there will be food stalls, racing results announcements and live music at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

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