Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Popular breakfast show host joins North Queensland Airlie race week

Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week has snagged a popular radio breakfast host to be the official MC throughout the week-long regatta from 9-16 August, 2013.

Meecham Philpott, who hosts the daily breakfast show on ABC Tropical North from Mackay, is an avid fan of Airlie Beach Race Week and sailing in general.

“I have always loved the water - a mad keen surfer, rowed in The Eight at Kings and, these days, (I’m) a committed stand up paddle boarder,” he said.

“But the yachts are the thoroughbreds of the blue stuff, or turquoise in the case of Airlie.”

With race week having equally as many social events as sailing races, Meech will assist with presentations and announcements throughout the week, including the popular lay day activities which will include a humorous race exclusive to the skippers.

Meecham said he is thrilled to be a part of the 24th annual Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week.

“What do I love about race week? Let me put it this way, you throw together several hundred socially excited people on turquoise water under a tropical winter sun and give them the opportunity to drive their yachts as fast as they possibly can back to the clubhouse for as many safety challenged drinks of sugar cane extract,” he said

“I’m really looking forward to Airlie race week which I am renaming Airlie beach Race AND Fun Week!”

Meech said he is also interested in taking a few of the sailing stories away with him to share across ABC local radio.

For further information, please visit www.airlieraceweek.com

The Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week 2013 is hosted by Whitsunday Sailing Club.
Sponsored by Abell Point Marina.
Support by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of a growing calendar of sporting, cultural, regional events throughout the state.
Event partner of Queensland’s Season of Sailing.
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