Following a very successful event earlier this year, planning for the 15th Annual Hog's Breath Race Week in 2004 is well underway. Hog's Breath Race Week will offer racing under IRC and PHS handicaps, as well as Big Boat, One Design Keelboat, Sports Boat,
Known as the "Tropical Shirt Regatta", Hog's Breath Race Week combines pristine sailing conditions, North Queensland hospitality and the charms of the Airlie Beach township as a holiday destination for competitors and their families. Given the level of early enquiries, the August 2004 fleet looks set to surpass the level of eighty-six entries received for 2003.
The format for Hog's Breath Race Week has now been finalised. It sees a slight change, as the event has been lengthened by one day when compared to the previous three years. Racing will now begin on Friday the 13th of August 2004. Previous events have seen the first race being staged on the Saturday. This reflects the feedback received from many of the competitors. Event Founder, Don ALGIE commented "More of our participants are coming to Airlie Beach to sail at Hog's Breath Race Week exclusively. We are aiming to accommodate everyone by providing more racing on Pioneer Bay and around the Islands"
. As in previous years, the last day of racing at Hog's Breath Race Week will be on Thursday the 19th of August, allowing those competing at Hamilton Island's Hahn Premium Race Week a day to deliver their vessels.
The event website, via the link below, contains detailed information for the 2004 event. The official Notice of Race will be posted on the site during January and entries will be received from the 1st of February. Details on partnerships the event has forged with local accommodation providers will be forthcoming on the website over the coming weeks.
Hog's Breath Cafe Australia is headquartered at Airlie Beach and is proud to continue it's long-standing support. Whitsunday Sailing Club is the organising authority for Hog's Breath Race Week. Newly elected Commodore, Michael PHILLIPS looks forward to welcoming sailors to Airlie Beach. Commodore Phillips will continue in his role of Chief Handicapper, whilst also working closely with General Manager, Phil BATTY in planning several of the Social events at WSC that have made Hog's Breath Race Week unique.
The 2003 event saw the yachts accommodated within the confines of the new extensions to Abel Point Marina. This modern and spacious marina has been further developed, with the recent completion of an on-shore administration and amenities building. This facility is a welcoming design that will house the Regatta Office, a kiosk-style Cafe and media facilities. Sailors competing at next year's event will be enjoying post-race refreshments and live entertainment in a marquee erected adjacent to the new marina building. The marquee will overlook the new marina, Pioneer Bay and the surrounding islands. Abel Point Marina management and staff remain strong partners and supporters of Hog's Breath Race Week.
The team that was responsible for delivering the 2003 regatta remain involved for 2004. Regatta Director, Andrew PALFREY said "Hog's Breath Race Week is blessed with staff and volunteers that have a passion for providing what the sailors want. That's our primary aim"
. Principal Race Officer, Tony DENHAM will officiate for the third year running. His team will include Melbourne's Ross Wilson and the WSC's large band of on-water volunteers. Rod MCCUBBIN'S Topyacht results software will again be present, as will Sydney-based ISAF International Race Officer and Jury Chairman, Doug TALTY. Sam CRICHTON is on-board to assist with the management of the event, as well as looking after sponsorship hospitality and communications. Queensland sailing identity and journalist, Ian "Stripey" GRANT will be covering his 15th Hog's Breath Race Week. Finally, 2004 will again see the dedicated band of hospitality volunteers from WSC and the Airlie Beach area on hand to serve visiting sailors.