History of Sail Airlie

​Since becoming an annual event in 2009, the Whitsunday Sailing Club Easter Off the Beach regatta has become an important date in the calendar for many sailors across Queensland, with some coming all the way from Brisbane or Cairns to complete.

Sail Airlie 2020

Once again , the Whitsunday Sailing Club will conduct the annual Sail Airlie regatta over the Easter period, 10-13 April 2020.  Last year, Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Sailing Club was host to over 250 visiting competitors and supporters for the 2018 Sail Airlie regatta, which included 40 boats in the Australian O’pen Skiff championship.  With a further 45 boats competing in six divisions, the event attracted entrants from Tinnaroo and Mission Beach down to Brisbane.  Competition over 3 course areas ranged from the high performance 29’er, through to Lasers and down to a tackers fleet, with competitors ranging from as young as 7 years of age ranging up to competitors in their 60’s.

Planning is already underway for Easter 2020, this year to be run in conjunction with Australian Sailing’s CQ clubs challenge, the North Queensland Laser Championship, the Sabot traveller Series and a green fleet regatta.  As a lead up to the regatta, Australian Sailing will be conducting a training camp at the club from 8 – 10 April 2020.

The regatta is open to all classes of Off the Beach racing dinghies and catamarans, Classes may be split into divisions, with results calculated by class yardstick, subject to entries.

Up to 7 races are scheduled for each division, with racing on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

The Location

Airlie Beach has loads to offer both sailors and non-sailors. From day trips to the Whitsunday islands and Great Barrier reef, to bars, restaurants and an enclosed swimming lagoon. The Whitsunday Sailing Club is ideally situated on the waterfront, right in the heart of Airlie Beach.


Limited camping will be available at the club for the duration of the regatta, however numbers are strictly limited.  Bookings can be made through the regatta entry portal here   In addition, there is a range of accommodation in the close proximity to the club, including hotels, motels, camping grounds, caravan parks, etc.

Notice of Race

The Notice of Race is available for download – Click Here.


Please enter early.  Entries are to be received by the organising authority prior to Midnight on 20 March. Late entries may
be accepted, subject to a $20.00 late entry fee, up to 09:30 on 8 April 2020.

For further information please contact:

AS Club Services Officer Mathew Himson 0468 995 989 mathew.himson@sailing.org.au
Off Beach Rear Commodore Heather Sutton 0447 105 588 heathersutton@hotmail.com
WSC Sailing Officer Ross Chisholm 0429 584 787 sailing@whitsundaysailingclub.com.au