CRUISING ENTRY: The first entry for the 25th anniversary Airlie Beach Race Week’s cruising multihull division is local boat Drumbeat, owned by event sponsor Brian Forrester. Photo by Wayne Jones.
CRUISING ENTRY: The first entry for the 25th anniversary Airlie Beach Race Week’s cruising multihull division is local boat Drumbeat, owned by event sponsor Brian Forrester. Photo by Wayne Jones.

Sponsor enters multihull division for race week

THE first multihull cruising division entry for the 25th anniversary of Airlie Beach Race Week has been lodged by regatta sponsor, Vision Surveys' Brian Forrester.

It's been a while since Forrester raced his 62-foot Drumbeat, preferring to cruise the boat single-handed instead.

"I quite enjoy the racing, but I am too busy most of the time to be able to get fully into it and get a crew organised", he said.

Forrester already has one crew lined up and hopes to have time over the coming months to compete in the Whitsunday Sailing Club's Wednesday afternoon twilight races where he aims to recruit a few more people and begin training crew.

"I usually sail single-handed so I am going to have to learn to share," he quipped.

Like many of the regatta's cruising competitors, Forrester is looking forward to the fun side of the event as well as the competition.

With the boat remaining in cruising mode and the coffee machine firmly ensconced in the galley, he doesn't expect to be winning any race honours. He might off-load one or two heavy items, but the fridge and freezer, washing machine and coffee machine are not going anywhere. Airlie Beach Race Week will be held from August 8-15. The Notice of Race and online entry for the nine divisions can be found at http://www.abrw.com.au. Entries close on Friday, August 1.


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