BIG FLEET: More than 100 vessels have already signed up for Airlie Beach Race Week. PHOTO: Andrea Francolini.
BIG FLEET: More than 100 vessels have already signed up for Airlie Beach Race Week. PHOTO: Andrea Francolini.

Airlie race week sees a century of entries

FIFTEEN days before entries close for the 27th Airlie Beach Race Week over 100 owners have signed up for the week on the water.

With numbers already up by 25 on the same time last year, race director Denis Thompson is expecting a total of up to 125 entries compared to 104 in 2015.

"There are some very good boats attending this year, which will provoke strong competition," Thompson said.

Thompson is currently tailoring courses to work with the tides, saying they were "massaging the courses to make sure they fit with the tides and to make sure the fleets are not sailing against the tide upwind and downwind".

Competitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing where they best fit.

There are divisions for IRC Racing, IRC Passage, Performance Racing, Cruising (with divisions for spinnaker and non-spinnaker), Sports Boats, Trailable Yachts, Multihull Racing and Multihull Passage.


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