Canoes to create spectacle
FOR the first time at this year's Airlie Beach Race Week there will be an outrigger challenge.
Adrian Bram of the Whitsunday Sailing Club said the upcoming new event was all about involving the local club.
"We have got six boats and they are going to be doing round robins between the Sailing Club and Abell Point Marina," he said.
Mr Bram didn't rule out the possibility that other people could get involved, which would remain up the club he said.
"But they are planning to come back in around about 6pm, which should be on dusk and they will complete (the challenge) with beating drums and flaming torches," he said. "The whole thing is to make it a bit of a spectacle just before we light up the stage with the bands."
The presentation for the day's sailing will then be made before the night really kicks off.
The on-shore entertainment this year is huge Mr Bram was pleased to say.
As well as the outrigger challenge there is an Olympic-themed fun run, a long lunch on the lawn at the club, a wine show, food stalls and a huge line up of music.
"It's all about a major festival and a community event. We have already made it the largest community event in the Whitsundays," he said.
Mr Bram said the 2016 Race Week would hit its entry targets and be the best event the Whitsunday Sailing Cub had ever held.
"The only limitation s is going to be space in the marina. We have got to come up with something clever to allow more boats in," he said.
Mr Bram said Airlie Beach Race Week was the premier event on the Whitsunday social calendar and the biggest sailing regatta hosted on the mainland in Queensland.