Throughout the year, the Whitsunday Islands are a hub of activity, with countless things to do in Airlie Beach and throughout the region. Coming up in the month of August, there is a whole passel of exciting events to take part in. If you’ve not already got a holiday booked for the Whitsundays, why not consider making these fun activities a part of your upcoming plans?
Here are the details on these great events:
Airlie Beach Race Week
This year marks the 26th anniversary of Airlie Beach Race Week. Held from the 7th to the 14th of August, this event is one of the most important and thrilling on the sailing calendar. Hosted by the Whitsunday Sailing Club, registration begins on the 7th with races held nearly every day thereafter. There are several different racing divisions such as IRC, PHS, cruising, sportsboats, one design and multihulls. After days out on the water, head ashore for an array of events for all ages. There will be delicious food stalls, happy hour at Abell Point Marina’s Barcelona, and heaps of live entertainment.
August is a stunning time of year to visit the tropical Whitsundays and enjoy the mild waters and brilliant sunshine of Airlie Beach and the surrounding area. It’s a beautiful sight to look out across the bay and see the colourful sails dotting the horizon. Whether you’re an experienced competitive sailor looking to join in the races or you’d prefer to join the throngs of enthusiastic onlookers, this is an event that will be sure not to disappoint.
Hamilton Island Race Week
Following right on the heels of Airlie Beach Race Week is a highlight of the yachting year, the 2015 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, which draws competitors and spectators from across the globe. This event, held from 15-22 August, takes place in the turquoise waters surrounding spectacular Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. Races are held in a variety of sailing classes throughout the week. Onshore, the schedule is just as exciting, with sophisticated and exciting events including fashion shows, cocktail parties, and beachside yoga. This event is set apart by its uniqueness and grandeur. Not only can competitors enter to win an Audi TT for a year, but crews have a chance at winning the Prix d’Elegance, awarded to the best presented yacht and crew as well as the best themed vessel and crew. Known as Australia’s biggest offshore keelboat regatta, Hamilton Island Race Week is not to be missed.
Looking for Something to Do in Airlie Beach or the Whitsundays?
These two eventful race weeks represent some of the best in outdoor activities the Whitsunday Islands have to offer. But there’s so much more to see and do in this tropical wonderland. With 74 islands to explore, you can be kept busy with swimming, fishing, snorkelling, or just good old-fashioned sailing. Before or after attending the Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach race weeks, why not consider embarking on your own adventure in paradise with a private yacht charter? You can spend your days discovering the Whitsundays both onshore and on the water, and in the evenings, relax on the deck of your luxurious chartered boat. Contact our friendly and helpful team at Queensland Yacht Charters to find out about booking an unforgettable holiday this winter.