Tasar yachts coming for nationals
YOU might have noticed the shipping containers that have been arriving at the Port of Airlie site adjacent to the Whitsunday Sailing Club.
Inside these containers are most of the Tasar yachts that will sail in the Sail Iceberg National Australian Championships from Sunday July 4 to Sunday July 11.
With 91 boats competing, the Tasar series brings about 270 people to Airlie Beach for more than a week.
Accommodate this number of people at social functions in Airlie Beach is a bit of a challenge, but the Whitsunday Sailing Club has managed to stretch resources to fit them in.
The Tasar is designed as a tactical race boat and for boat speed the total crew weight needs to be close to the minimum total of 130 kilograms.
In the build to the championship many competitors have been shedding those spare kilos.
Some have had special coaching from the experts and brushed up on the racing rules.
The boats from north Queensland recently had an intensive two days of racing at Townsville with Aaron Linton showing he is likely to be in contention for the title.
There are at least 10 boats that could take the overall title.
With divisions based on the age of the crew there will be very tight competition throughout the fleet.
The Tasar has clear sails with red detailing. With 91 boats on the water a spectacular sight is assured.
Racing starts at 1pm each day and running from Sunday to Sunday.