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2014 Easter Regatta Photos

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Easter Regatta Airlie Beach

Thanks to Pam Pattemore, the top turnout of boats and the glorious weather we all enjoyed over the Easter weekend have been documented in some stunning photographs.

Pam has very kindly made photos from the regatta available on Dropbox - just click here to surf on over to the gallery >>

Feel free to say a big thankyou to Pam via her post on the Club’s Facebook page. Click here to add  your comments >>

Easter Sunday - The Climax

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Campers on the shore woke to light breezes and an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.

Wind was patchy from the South-west but at start time was beginning to swing to the south-east. A delayed start got the racing under way in a light easterly, with shifts aplenty. The fickle winds saw 505s, Tasars, 29ers and the Arrow all fighting for the lead but the winner was the Flying 11, On The Run, sailed by Breianna Whitehead who made the best of the windshifts. At the end of the day, the event was won by Darryl Skinner on his Arrow, from Myra Robertson on her Laser Radial with Bill and Jenny Mairs overtaking Greg Heath and Mike Spillman to be the top Tasar and third overall in the senior fleet.

The junior sailors continued their close racing and managed to have another five races today to round off the regatta. After ten races, the winner was Chris Barsi on Another Menace from Townsville who was the most consistent winner, and broke away in a couple of races for big wins. John Hatfield on Another Menace was the second placed Sabot with a win and a couple of second placings to get ahead of Aidan Gummow on his Optimist. Aidan managed one win on day two, but it was not enough to beat the top two Sabots.

Well done to all our sailors for their conduct on the water, thanks to the volunteers who helped all weekend, and the staff at the club for all the food, drinks and support.

A special thanks to Marlin Marine and Embroidery Plus, our sponsors who help to cover the costsof putting on the regatta, and are great supporters of Junior sailing.

Saturday - Serious Racing Begins

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Another beautiful day in the Whitsundays, over 40 boats ready to race - what more could you ask for?

Sun shining, 10 to 15 knots of breeze from the south-east and calm water. The Sabots and Optimists sailed three short races on the inshore course whilst the seniors sailed their three races outside.

On the senior course, Kaos, a 29er sailed by Eva and Klaus Lorenz, led the fleet and crossed the line 5 seconds ahead of Airpower 2, an Arrow cat sailed by Darryl Skinner from Yeppoon, and further back, Myra Robertson sailed her Laser, Thufferin’ Thuccotash very well to take third on yardstick.

The Juniors started well with five boats finishing the first race within ten seconds! The winner on yardstick was Aidan Gummow in his Optimist, Plan B, with Chris Barsi in Another Menace just behind.

By the end of day one, Fire 6, John Hatfield was in the lead on the Junior course, having won two races, Aidan was in second and Chris in a close third place overall.

The honours on the Senior course were split between Myra, Eva, Darryl and Greg Heath, sailing with Mike Spillman in their Tasar, Icon. After five races, Darryl had won three to lead the event, followed by Myra and Greg, with Bill and Jenny Mairs close behind with consistent placings in all races.

Get your entries in.

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We have entries in already for plenty of boats. Not many locals have entered yet, so they had better get moving!

We have confirmed entries for Optis, Sabots, 29ers, Laser 4.7 , Radials and Full Rig, Tasars and one Arrow cat.

Get cracking, have the car ready and the family packed!

Looking forward to a great Easter.

Entries coming in

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We have started taking entries by email. Use the form online.

So far we have entries from Townsville and Keppel Bay, and looking forward to more.

Food and drink Friday for sailors

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Easter Regatta Menu

Fri 29th Mar ‘13

Bread & Butter

Fresh Greek inspired salad

w kalamata olives & feta

Beef, Bacon, Mushroom & Guinness Shepherd’s Pie

served au gratin style w grilled cheese

Grilled Vegetable Lasagne

w spinach & cottage cheese

On Good Friday, licensing requirements only allow alcohol to be served with meals. The sailing club restaurant, and many others in town, will not be open on Good Friday.

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Camping on the point

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This Easter, we will be camping back in the traditional spot on the point. There are no functions booked at the Whitsunday Sailing Club over the weekend, so it belongs to the sailors!

Camping at the Whitsunday Sailing Club

2013 Entries Open

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It’s time to get your entries in for the 2013 Easter Regatta.

We know we will have a good number of Tasars, Lasers, Corsairs, Optis and Sabots.

Last year we had a couple of high performance cats and we’d love to have more this year.

The 2013 Notice of Race is available for download and you can jump over to our online entry form right now to register!

2012 Results Posted

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After a second year of glorious sailing weather over Easter, the results are in and the prizes awarded. Read a re-cap of the weekend’s events and see the full race and series results at the race reports page.

Thankyou to all of our competitors who made the journey to Airlie Beach in order to take part in the regatta, and a huge thankyour to our volunteers who made the weekend happen.

Entries Rolling In

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Although the online entry forms have only been open a short time, a promising number of boats have already entered.

We’ve got the makings of a Tasar division, Laser division, a Junior division including Sabots, Optis and a Flying 11 as well as a number of other senior dinghies and skiffs including an MG14, 29er and an RS Feva.

Of course, as with all racing - the more the merrier. We’d love to see the Laser division fill out enough to split into full, radial and 4.7 divisions, more Tasars and another three 29ers would allow us to create a class division!

So spread the word. Tell sailors in your area about the regatta, the free camping and the great company and point them towards this website!

See you on the water!

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