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Day 4 at 2019 Airlie Beach Race Week and the 31st running of Whitsunday Sailing Club’s largest sailing event, which reels in the big tourism dollars to the region, hit a new high note today, with winds reaching in excess of 20 knots and gusting 24 at times.

And while it was a day of diamonds for some, the Lay Day was celebrated too hard by others with some dusty starts, slow tacks, equaling not the most brilliant results.

IRC Racing boats were the first cabs off the rank at 10.05am. Starting deep in Pioneer Bay, their course took in Hannah Point, Denman Island, White Rock, back to the Bay, then Bluff and the finish line.

Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan prevailed over the other TP52, Zen (Gordon Ketelbey) by nearly three minutes on the water, but only nine seconds when the times were corrected out. Ray Roberts’ Botin 40, Team Hollywood, was third, making it an all-NSW show.

With two days of racing to go, Hooligan holds the upper hand over her class mate by three points. Team Hollywood is third by one point over Victorian yacht, Ponyo (David Currie).

Blackmore said this afternoon: “The courses here are good. We have a mixture – and I like a mixture. It’s a great place to race. Read more.