Please select your home edition
Edition
Sailutions - SeldenDeck

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week- Final countdown to 30th anniversary

by Lisa Ratcliff on 17 Aug 2013
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 - Ichi Ban © Andrea Francolini / Audi http://www.afrancolini.com
The final countdown to racing at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is well and truly in motion with the marina almost filled, remaining registrations being taken at the yacht club, and last minute tweaking and loading of supplies in readiness for six days of warm weather sailing.

Families racing with young children through to professional crews using the opportunity to fine-tune for the Rolex Sydney Hobart classic will fan out across Hamilton Island’s surrounding waters when tomorrow’s opening Molles Island race signals the start of competition for the 157-boat fleet.

In the IRC Racing division, crews of the two recently modified 100-footers, Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI and Grant Wharington’s Wild Thing will spend the week eyeing each other off.

The last time a much heavier Wild Thing competed at Race Week was in 2007. Since then the two supermaxis have met on surprisinglyfew occasions.

'For us Race Week is about sailing against Wild Oats XI and seeing where our strengths and weaknesses are before we line up against them at Christmas time,' said Wild Thing’s skipper this morning as he made his way to the tropical island.

'We have the most updated hull profile, new sails and new rigging and we rate lower than Wild Oats on handicap, but we need to see which areas still need improvement. We are excited about the match-up,' added Wharington.


Darryl Hodgkinson, the back-to-back IRC Division B Race Week winner with a former boat, has his new Victoire, a Cookson 50, at Race Week. Earlier this year he bought the offshore rocket ship in a bid to be more competitive in the blue water events. He’s less focussed on results this time around, and happy he’s stepped up to a new league.

'This week is about consolidating the crew,'said Hodgkinson today. 'This boat is designed for offshore events so we are looking forward to the long races, less so the windward/leewards. For us this week is aboutcrew bonding.'
The headline act of the IRC Passage division will be David Currie’s 60-footer Belle. Behind the stunning Iy60 are many familiar names, Paul Clitheroe’s Balance, Matt Owen’s Local Hero and Anthony Dunne’s Equinox II.

Matt Allen’s Farr 400 is always a strong performer at Race Week. Here to challenge the champion team in the Performance Racing division is internationally renowned Australian boat builder, John McConaghy, making his return to these waters with his own McConaghy 47, Second Time Around, after a six year hiatus.

Still on McConaghy Boats, the MC38s are competing at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week for the first time and Ellen Pragnell-Raasch from the classsays all five Australian owners are excited about racing strict one design for their own trophy, while still being part of the overarching event.

'All of the owners have been talking about this regatta non-stop,' she said, 'now we just want to get on the water. We are very grateful to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week for accommodating us.'

The dominant Cruising A division is rich with history thanks to the 1980s built maxis Condor, Hammer of Queensland and White birds, and the beautiful 70-foot Robert Clarke-designed ketch, Sir Thomas Sopwith, which has been lovingly restored from mooring minder to better than original by owners Diana and David Edwards. On the flip side is the relatively new Carabella V, Matthew McCann’s slick lookingXP50 from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.


In Cruising Division III is William McMillan’s Sonata VIII, Nessie, from the Clarence River back for her 15th Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, which is believed to be the record for a boat contesting the award-winning regatta.
First out of the blocks for tomorrow’s opening Molles Island Race is the non-spinnaker division at 10.30am from Dent Passage, followed by the remaining divisions at five minute intervals with IRC Racing last away.

Tonight owners and VIPs will be part of the official welcome at Hamilton Island Yacht Club followed by a fireworks display and party on Front Street to herald the beginning of the 30th anniversary celebration of one of Australia’s premier regattas.

InSunSport - NZNorth Sails NZL -  2 V Series GenGAC Pindar

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted on 27 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
The importance of being Alive
Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, the team have lined up for a lot of things, won plenty and nabbed a record, as well. She’s presently in a yard in the Philippines having a minor refit in readiness for the Australian season. It will commence with the upcoming Brisbane to Keppel and then head sharply into this year’s Hobart.
Posted on 10 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May