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10-17 AUGUST 2023

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.

Or, just book a place for yourself and connect with a bunch of others who are ready for adventure.

The Racing?

You’ll spend two days getting top-quality training, with registration starting on the second day.


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.

Your package includes:

  • Race Entry fees
  • Racing each day during Airlie Beach Race Week
  • 2 days’ training
  • Racing shirt and cap
  • Lunch on race days



PRICE: $2,795 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! ***