On the water at Airlie Beach Race Week - Photo: Wasp NQ

On water, the Airlie Beach Race Week is recognised by both competitive and relaxed sailors as a fun, affordable and well-run regatta, in a spectacular location.

The event is now entrenched in the annual Australian sailing calendar and includes six days of racing in all divisions.


Airlie Beach Race Week
Airlie Beach Race Week can be contested in a number of divisions – Photo: Andrea Francolini

Each year, Race Director Denis Thompson sets a schedule taking into account the different divisions’ requirements for the week.

There are variations for each division noting the fleet size, tide and race distances.

Divisions for 2019 will include  IRC Passage, AMS Passage,  Performance Racing, Cruising, Non Spinnaker, Sports Boats, Multi-Hull Racing, Multihull Passage, One Design, Super Sports and Trailable Yachts.  AMS has been included for the first time this year to provide an alternative rating system for those boats with AMS certificates.

There may also be sub-divisions within fleets for class racing or common interest groups.

Multihull sailing at Airlie Beach Race Week
Multihull sailing at Airlie Beach Race Week – Photo: Andrea Francolini

Please note: schedules on this website are provisional and competitors should refer to the sailing instructions for the final schedule. Start times may be altered.

All entertainment and presentations are at the Whitsunday Sailing Club unless noted.

A free crew shuttle service is provided between the Whitsunday Sailing Club and Abell Point Marina daily (except on the lay day) from 3:30pm to 10:00pm. Shuttle transfers are courtesy of Whitsundays 2 Everywhere and Whitsunday Transit.

Airlie Beach Race Week trophies
Airlie Beach Race Week founder and ‘Boss Hog’ Don Algie presenting Dave Molloy with the event’s signature trophy in 2018 – Photo: Andrew Pattinson/Vampp Photography