Almost every offshore sailor who belongs to a yacht club has at least heard of twilight sailing, if not participated in it, and known as a sailing mecca, the Whitsundays region has a strong fleet and an established offshore racing program which certainly features this popular style of race.
Each Wednesday at 3pm, members of the well-known Whitsunday Sailing Club head to the clubhouse for a chat and to gather some crew members before the twilight race, which sees up to 20 keelboats and multihull meeting in Pioneer Bay, just of Airlie Beach, before a battle around the buoys.
Not only does the race include 3 divisions of keelboats and 1 for catamarans, the twilight fleet has recently introduced the club’s offbeach boats to the race, with lasers, tasars and corsairs joining in the fun. The offbeach racers count the race as an informal yet competitive race training session.
More excitingly, the race also features new or visiting yachts to the race, with some of these yachts coming from Mackay, Bowen, Townsville and Hamilton Island.
The Whitsunday Sailing Club is always welcoming new and visiting sailors to join in the sailing, and also head to the club afterwards for a social drink with members.
Whitsunday Sailing Club holds twilight races on most Wednesday afternoons during the year.