Airlie Beach is known as one of the World's premier sailing destinations and home to one of the largest yacht racing regattas staged off the Australian Coast - Airlie Beach Race Week and its onshore Festival of Sailing. Now in it's 27th year, Airlie Beach Race Week is a seven day event that attracts entrants from all over Australia and overseas.
Offshore the Regatta offers classes from IRC competitive racing through to cruising divisions attracting around 1,800 competitors, officials and volunteers. Onshore the Festival of Sailing, the Whitsunday Coasts' most significant public event, presents seven days and nights of high profile, social activities with attendances of over 5,000 in 2015.
In 2016 the onshore Social Program will be expanded to include three nights of big-name-act entertainers, wine tastings, a long late lunch on the lawn, a trailer sailer boat show, a dragon boat regatta and a festival fun run.