Brothers bound for us

ON SATURDAY July 25 and Sunday July 26, the Whitsunday Sailing Club is holding a sailing expo and mini regatta.

The purpose of the regatta is to raise money to help send two of the club's local lads to the 505 world titles in San Francisco in August.

Brothers Paul and Dale Mitchell are well known in the Whitsunday region and they are set to team up for an assault on the world's best 505 sailors after Paul qualified for the prestigious meet at the 505 nationals in Sydney earlier this year.

Paul has had plenty of past success in the 505 class, taking out first place in the youth division of the 2002 505 World Championships as well as crewing on boats such as Sydney 38's and Farr 55's.

Last year Dale placed second in the Nacra F18 national titles in Western Australia.

The sailing expo and mini regatta will be hugely beneficial for the budding sailors as Paul and Dale will be conducting training clinics for juniors wishing to improve their racing skills.

Any junior interested in participating are more than welcome and the club's sabots, X3's and other dinghies will be available.

In addition, there will be a display of the variety of dinghies around, from the sabots through to lasers, tasars, nacres and skiffs.

On the Saturday of the event, the off-beach and off-shore sailors will have a chance to match their skills in a race around Pioneer Bay.

The faster off-beach boats will go up against the off-shore crews, while smaller boats will be able to sail a separate shorter course.

Following the race on Saturday night, entrants will get festive with great food, drinks, live music and free movies for the kids on the big screen.

Everyone is welcome and if anyone is interested in trying their hand at racing on a big boat, they can come down to the club on the morning of Saturday July 25 and the club will get you a ride.

The off-beach element of the club will hold a mini regatta over the weekend with a series of four races, including the Saturday afternoon fun race and camping is available for any sailors and their families wishing to stay for the weekend.

The cost to Paul and Dale to get themselves and their boat to the USA is truly staggering and although they are bearing much of it themselves, the club is keen to assist as much as possible.

To this end the club is donating as much as they can but are still looking for sponsors to help the boys cover their costs.


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