The largest ever Airlie Beach Race Week

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10 Aug 2011

The largest ever Airlie Beach Race Week

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1200 plus sailors and the fastest yacht in southern hemisphere will line up for Airlie Beach Race Week.

Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week, now in its 22nd year, has set a new record with 130 entries entered in this year's event.


Regatta Director Denis Thompson announced this morning 'We had a surge of entries over the last two weeks. This 2011 event is going to huge' he said. 'We have more than 1200 sailors racing this year plus in many cases, with family and friends, in town for the week.

‘This is the number one sporting event in Airlie Beach each year.

'Our sailors come from every state in Australia and from New Zealand attracted by the warm winter weather and the fleet just keeps getting better and better. This year our star attraction is the fastest boat in the southern hemisphere and its lining up for its first ever race in Australia.'

Faster than the five times Rolex Sydney Hobart winner Wild Oats XI, the 60 foot offshore racing trimaran TeamVodafoneSailing, the ORMA 60 from New Zealand, has cruised into Meridien Marinas Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach ahead of this week's event.

Not allowed to enter the two offshore monohull only races, she shadowed the fleet in the Sydney to Southport race and again in the Brisbane to Keppel race. Starting later, she conclusively proved she could outgun Bob Oatley's 100 footer Wild Oats XI.

Now at Airlie Beach, Simon Hull's bright red three hulled speedster has been measured and has received her Offshore Multihull Race (OMR) rating, which means she can race in the multihull division.

Owner/skipper Simon Hull commented ‘With our official handicap certificate we are stoked and we will be on the multihull division start line on Pioneer Bay on Friday morning.'

Simon further explained 'We do 30 knots very regularly in our Wednesday night race on Auckland Harbour. We have touched 40. With steady Whitsunday trade winds around 20 knots and flat water we will smoke.‘


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The Major sponsor Meridien Marinas are proud to be involved with Airlie Beach Race Week for the fifth year.

Meridien Marinas is part of Meridien, a development company that creates world-class, five star marina villages. With a commitment to operating the best marinas in Australia, Meridien Marinas' focus is on creating outstanding marina developments that establish new world standards in marina design and operations. Four Meridien Marinas developments currently setting new standards in marina design are Abel Point, home to Airlie Beach Race Week, Horizon Shores on the Gold Coast, Port of Airlie also in Airlie Beach and Marina Mirage, Port Douglas.
 
Media covering this event would be advised to register at www.airliebeachraceweek.com on the media centre.

As well as being sent all the news and results, accredited media will have access to copyright free high res images for editorial use only.( Not for online image galleries)

For further information concerning the 2011 Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week please contact: Media Director Rob Kothe Phone +61249772116 Mob: + (0) 418 441359 Email media@tetra-media.com

Regatta Director Denis Thompson : Tel 0417 686 640

Email: info@airliebeachraceweek.com.au

 

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