7-13 AUGUST 2020

Ready for the Experience of a Lifetime?

No sailing experience required. 


Book your place to crew on Volvo 60 ‘Merit’ in

Airlie Beach Race Week

What an opportunity to bring your team and take your staff to the next level.

Excellent corporate branding and marketing opportunities available.

The Racing?

You’ll spend two days getting top-quality training.

Then from 7-13 August you’ll see what’s possible!


The Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing (ABRW) is recognised Australia-wide as a vibrant and exciting week of action, mixing six days of offshore yacht racing with seven nights of socialising and entertainment.

Organisers are expecting around 130 entries for Airlie Beach Race Week 2020, bringing with them over 2,200 crew and followers.

Your package includes:

  • Race Entry fees
  • Racing each day during Airlie Beach Race Week
  • 2 days’ training: 5-6 August 2019
  • Racing shirt and cap
  • Lunch and snacks on race days



PRICE: $3,160 inc. GST

The training camp

Practise the basics of sailing including hoisting, manoeuvring and dropping sails, including spinnakers. Two days of hands-on sailing around Pioneer Bay in the Whitsundays.

Open to everyone including those with no previous experience.

This training camp is part of the Airlie Beach Race Week Program.

Your Skipper

Owner/Skipper Michael Schwarzel holds a Royal Yachting Association Offshore Yachtmaster Certificate and is a qualified sailing instructor.

Experience? He’s crossed oceans, won trophies, dealt with those moments at sea you’d rather avoid, plus rebuilt ‘Merit’ almost from scratch after Cyclone Debbie. With his ‘plan, prepare, execute’ approach, even novices feel safe and have an excellent time participating on board.


“Wow! … Thank you for the experience of a lifetime.”

Ric Haydock

The Moreton Group

“I’d never been sailing before, much less on a vessel built for speed. What a truly enjoyable experience.”

Matt Giannini

“Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience offshore yacht racing at its best.”

Phil Killian

*** Credit for the images of The Moreton Group on ‘Merit’ goes to the fabulous Lucinda Bartkaitas of LB Designs, who travelled as a guest of The Moreton Group. Lu is one gutsy photographer! ***