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Race week is coming, what does this mean for my charter? 2:19pm, Thu 27 Jul 2017

Race week is coming, what does this mean for my charter?

The festival of sailing the Whitsunday is upon us, kicking off with the "Whitsunday sailing club Airlie Beach Race Week" from 10-17 August 2017. Airlie Beach will be a hive of activity bringing 100's state wide entrants showcasing their skills and vessels.

What does this mean to me? I hear you ask, I have picked the brain of my Director Charlie Preen "Avid race week enthusiast" to provide you with the "etiquette of race week."

Airlie Beach etiquette
. Be a spectator - keeping a safe distance from all marker buoys
. Mind all racing vessels under sail - there will be course judicators to keep you safe

Now for the second instalment of the racing calendar, "Audi Hamilton Island race week."
Hamilton Island will be alive with excitement as the sailor's prep their vessels before the race begins.
Being a marina without land support, Hamilton Island will be in visitor lockdown from 19-27 August 2017.
This means there will be no available berthing for the duration of the race.

Hamilton Island etiquette
. No berthing in Hamilton Island available between 19-26 August 2017
. For safety reasons please avoid Dent passage, the races generally start or finish in this area
. Be a spectator - keeping a safe distance from all marker buoys
. Mind all racing vessels under sail - there will be course judicators to keep you safe

Another thing to keep in mind is your start and finish destination, whilst during the year you have the option of starting your bareboat getaway from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island.
However, having no access to the marina berths means no Hamilton Island starts.

If flying into Hamilton Island you will be required to utilise the ferry service provided by Cruise Whitsundays (one way trip appox $60.00 per passenger). You can get a glimpse of our "bareboaters paradise" before you begin your charter. Keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins during your transfer as they are abundant at this time of year.
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