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Magnetic fields: visitors are being drawn to the 10th anniversary of Magnetic Island Race Week running September 1 to 6.

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Inter-state entries for the 10th edition of the SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week are flowing in quickly for the September 1 to 6, 2016 event.

The Royal Yacht Club of Victoria's Fair Winds skippered by Mark Chew and Paul Lindeman's Biddy Hu II lead the fleet from Melbourne with Royal Brighton Yacht Club's Paul Jackson and his Duncanson 28 - footer Run Run Run. all of them joining the PHS Racing division.

Both Jackson and Lindeman have competed at Magnetic Island several times, enjoying the chance to get out of the cold Melbourne weather, don their t-shirts and shorts and go into battle on the warm waters of Cleveland Bay.

From Sydney, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Greg Newton has entered his Beneteau Oceanis 45, Antipodes of Sydney. This is his first Magnetic Island regatta.

"Usually we do Hamilton Island, but since all of us are getting a bit older and we have a bit more time on our hands, we thought we'd head further north this year," Newton said.

Newton will have to contend with some stiff competition from a fellow Oceanis 45 team. Phil & Eleanor Cunningham's Lake Macquarie Yacht Club entry, Equinox.

"It will be great to be racing against someone who you know is equal," Newton added.

The classes open for this year's SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week are IRC Racing. Performance Handicap, Non Spinnaker, Tradable Yachts, Sports Boats, Multihull Cruising and Multihull Racing.

The race schedule is a combination of round the buoys on Cleveland Bay and passage races on the waters around the stunning Magnetic Island.

The mid-morning race start times allow for a pleasantly gentle start to the day for the sailors who will be drawn to the island from around Australia and from northern Queensland. There is also always a contingent of overseas sailors that arrive in time to join the fun.

The race program has received an update since last year. Racing starts on Friday 2nd with the Strand Bay Race and then on Saturday 3rd the fleet wdl contest the Around the Island Race. Sunday 4th is a lay day before the final two days of racing on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th.

Onshore, SeaLink is organising a variety of social events for the enjoyment of the sailors and their supporters. They promise a few surprises and lots of Magnetic Island fun.

www.magneticislandraceweek.com.au

ISLAND LIFE

All shapes and sizes of yachts and catamarans will gather together from September 1, 2016, for the 10th anniversary celebrations of the SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week.

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Date:Apr 1, 2016
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