Airlie Beach Race Week: Light Breeze Sets the Tone

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As released by Airlie Beach Race Week - Racing was delayed for a couple of hours, but finally got underway at the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s 2019 Airlie Beach Race Week, with 5 knots starting the day off and the entire fleet headed from Pioneer Bay and up past Double Cone Island, conditions peaking at 12 knots before dying out again.

Tony Considine’s new TF10 is making its debut and was designed to target boat speed three times true wind speed. It was the first multi up and foiling today.

After racing, Considine explained the rationale for buying the new boat: “We basically won everything with our old boat, so we talked about building a new one and what would it be. We were talking about the America’s Cup foiling boats and thought it would be great if we could find a foiling trimaran, but it had to be trailable; we needed to move it around easily.

“We looked around and found the TF10 foiling trimaran built by DNA Performance Sailing. The guys (headed by Mad Max’s skipper, George Owen and Considine’s son) took it for a sail and that was that.”

On today’s first race with the new 11 metre tri, Considine said, “It’s fun to sail, but she won’t get up and foil in the light air we had today.”

Racing continues tomorrow, when the forecast is for more light air. If it comes with a blue sky, sparkling Whitsunday tropical water, warm sun and the odd whale, as it did on Day 1, who is going to complain?

Full results and more infos can be found here.

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