TEAM EFFORT: The Airlie Beach Race Week volunteers are what makes the spectacular event possible. 
Photo Andrew Pattinson / VAMPP
TEAM EFFORT: The Airlie Beach Race Week volunteers are what makes the spectacular event possible. Photo Andrew Pattinson / VAMPP

Volunteers are vital to the plain sailing of Race Week

AIRLIE Beach Race Week has once again proven an awesome addition to the region's events line-up.

But all this action simply wouldn't be possible without volunteers.

"If we didn't have volunteers we couldn't afford to pay people to do all the things that the volunteers do," volunteer coordinator David Howells, himself a volunteer, said.

"And therefore, we would never be able to run the event."

Mr Howells said volunteers had come from far and wide, even including Western Australia.

"They're people that really love the event and love sailing," he said.

"We welcome them back every time and a lot of them look forward to catching up with their old friends."

Local Jen Rundell has been giving her time for the past eight years.

"The people that you work with and the interest in sailing is brilliant," she said.

Ms Rundell said last Thursday's earthquake had made for an interesting addition to the 2016 event.

"We were on the (finish) boat," she said.

"It just sounded like a huge diesel motor had started under the boat."

David McMahon is another dedicated local volunteer, having taken part for the past 16 years.

"It's good fun; you get a lot of camaraderie from the guests and members," he said.

"It's nice to be part of something that is probably the single most major event in Airlie Beach."

Mr McMahon also had an interesting story from his time volunteering in 2016.

The yachtie said an incident on a boat had required an ambulance to be called.

"The fella on the radio said to the boat crew 'I have the ambulance on the phone. They need some more info. Wait'," he said.

"And as quick as a flash the crew member came and said '87kg'.

"And I tell you what, there was laughter all over the race field."

Both Ms Rundell and Mr McMahon commended the Race Week Committee on a brilliant event this year.


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