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Season of Sailing kicks off again for 2019

Local yachties have dusted off their deck shoes and will be gearing up and getting their yachts out on the beautiful Cleveland Bay this weekend to start practicing and honing their techniques for this year’s iconic and fun Magnetic Island Race Week.  

Each year, Townsville and other Queensland sailors flock to SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week because Magnetic Island lies in their back yard. However, over half the fleet sails long distances to participate – from New Zealand and Australia wide, and they come to enjoy something unique.

Townsville Yacht Club’s (TYC) annual regatta has special ingredients that lures Olympians, Sydney to Hobart winners, America’s Cup sailors, along with a varied range of racers & cruisers, all with the aim to race and have a good time with family and friends.

The charm of Magnetic Island Race Week is not just the spectacle of yachts sailing in Cleveland Bay and around Magnetic Island for the regatta, it is also the wonderful community involvement when Picnic Bay comes to life on Sunday the 1st of September for the Townsville Airport Father's Day at Picnic Bay.  

With free activities for the kids, artisan markets, food stalls and on water activities there is plenty to celebrate this special day with Dad.  A crowd favourite is the Rotary Magnetic Island Beer Can Regatta starting from 10.30am followed by a chilled afternoon at the Picnic Bay Surf Club Beach Retreat where you can listen to live music, cheer on the mud crab races and enjoy a snag from the fundraiser BBQ.  

SeaLink are offering a super deal of $50 family return tickets, $25 adult return tickets and $15 child return tickets on Sunday the 1st of September and there are free shuttle services from Nelly Bay to Picnic Bay and return with thanks to Port of Townsville.

A full program and further information on SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week can be found at: www.magneticislandraceweek.com.au

Beer Can Regatta - A family favourite Peppers Marina overflows with competitors yachts during MIRW