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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week is a colourful sailing regatta attracting visitors to the sailing mecca of the Whitsundays. With over 100 yachts competing in daily races, the event creates a spectacular sight and after-race socialising, entertainment, and the relaxed, tropical atmosphere of the village town of Airlie Beach helps to make this event a favourite on the Australian event calendar. Many competitors also take the opportunity to bring family and friends for an extended holiday, try bareboat charters or venture further afield to explore the splendour of the islands and the Great Barrier Reef.
Racing takes place each day and most competitors are berthed at Abel Point Marina. Entry to the Abel Point precinct is free for all visitors. Book a ticket on one of the many spectator vessels to view the event from the water or visit the Whitsunday Sailing Club to see if you can find a skipper looking for more crew. The daily race results and official office for the event is based at the Whitsunday Sailing Club
How To Get There:
Fly to either Hamilton Island or Whitsunday Coast Airport and proceed to Airlie Beach.
Drive: Take the Airlie Beach turn-off from the Bruce Highway (near Proserpine) - Airlie Beach is located on Pioneer Bay, approximately 20 kilometres from the turn-off. The Whitsunday Sailing Club is located just off the Esplanade, on the point at Airlie Beach. There are two main marinas in Airlie Beach - Abel Point Marina and Port of Airlie where boats can be berthed.
Sail: Airlie Beach is located on the Queensland coast, approximately 45 nautical miles north of Mackay. It is the main town of the Whitsundays region, 74 pristine islands protected by the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and an ideal base for all water activities.
There is an entry fee for teams to enter Airlie Beach Race Week and these are based on each boat's size and vary between AUD390 to AUD700 for the week of sailing.