Old hand called up for race week
ONE of the Whitsunday Sailing Club's (WSC) 'old hands' has accepted the prestigious position of Principal Race Officer (PRO) for next month's Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week, from August 9-16.
Race director Denis Thompson announced WSC stalwart Jim Hayes, who was a key player in the genesis of race week some 23 years ago, would take over the on-water leadership role from 2012.
Thompson said International Race Officer Tony Denham who previously served as PRO would not be involved this year due to health issues.
"So I took the opportunity to ask Jim, who has always been a major figure in our 'on water' team, to step up to the plate and I was delighted when he agreed," Thompson said
WSC Offshore Commodore Rob Davis said the news had been very well received this week.
"Jim has been a key player in every single race week since he and Don Algie set up the first event. We are all not only grateful but proud to have Jim as such a key part of our race week team," he said.
Hayes, originally from Tasmania, arrived in Airlie Beach 34 years ago and has a long history on the water, which began on his great uncle's 24 foot sailing-rigged cray boat in Dunnally.
On moving to Airlie Beach he immediately became involved in sailing and racing and together with Don Algie set the first race week up.
"Don was very keen for it to be a quality regatta with lots of enjoyment for people - an event people could come to and enjoy with really good racing too. That is what we strive to achieve every year," he said.
Hayes said he was proud to have been involved in the event for all these years "and for me to now take on the mantle as PRO is a tremendous honour," he said.
For the notice of race, online entry and further information visit www.airliebeachraceweek.com.au