Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - 100th entry received

by Rob Mundle on 27 Jun 2012
Some of the best sailing to be had anywhere in the world is there to be enjoyed at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Jack Atley
Bring together a yacht named Chirping Bird, and Stumpy Gully on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, and you have the 100th entry for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012.

Chirping Bird is a Beneteau Cyclades 45 belonging to Rod Smallman, an enthusiastic cruising and off-the-beach sailor who owns and operates a small boutique winery on Stumpy Gully Road, on the Peninsula.

From August 17 to 25 this year Rod, Chirping Bird and a crew of family and friends, will be lining up for the yacht’s third consecutive Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

It would seem safe to assume that the yacht’s unusual name was inspired by the feathered wildlife that frequents the lush bushland around Smallman’s 10 acre property, but that is not the case.

‘I have to be careful how I explain this,’ said Smallman. ‘My wife’s name is Mim, and our label was originally known as Mim’s Wines, but that didn’t quite have the right ring to it when it came to marketing. So, after a bit of a brainstorming session we came up with the name Chirping Bird, but that had nothing to do with the local fauna. It was simply another way of recognising Mim, who has been known to get a little chirpy after a few of our wines.

‘With that decided we thought it would also be only right to name the yacht Chirping Bird for the same reason.’

Smallman, who has been sailing all his life, is currently building a 45ft replacement for Chirping Bird in a shed at his property. His sailing life started aboard a Mirror dinghy his father built, and these days he spends a considerable amount of time racing his Taipan catamaran out of Safety Beach Sailing Club on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay. He has Chirping Bird operating as a charter yacht in the Whitsundays; however, in August each year the yacht is taken out of charter for one reason – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

‘Apart from going to somewhere that’s about 10 degrees warmer than being in Melbourne and enjoying some great sailing,’ Smallman explained, ‘the best thing about Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is being on what we call ‘the social arm’ – the marina arm where all the like-minded yachties are docked. The atmosphere there is nothing short of fantastic: it’s all about the parties.

‘For us, Race Week can be likened to playing golf: you play a good shot and that brings you back for another game. At Hamilton Island, because we have so much fun we make sure before we leave each year that we book a marina berth for the following year.’

The Race Week fleet is currently 108. The regatta, which will be staged from August 17 to 25, is open to a wide spectrum of sailboats – from sport boats to cruising yachts, cruiser-racers and Grand Prix level keelboats, plus high-performance multihulls. Near 200 yachts are expected to compete.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 website. The Notice of Race and Entry Form are also on the site.

Barz Optics - Kids rangeNaiadInsun - AC Program

Related Articles

Team Aqua takes control of RC44 Sotogrande Cup
With racing cancelled yesterday due to severe conditions, the fleet ventured out today in marginally improved conditions Once again the wind, although shifty, was less of an issue than the sea state, which was initially so massive that the RC44s were disappearing up to their spreaders in the troughs.
Posted today at 6:59 pm
Skiff success in first Hyeres World Cup finals day
Fletcher and Bithell held on tightly to the silver spot going in to the 49er finale to secure a third straight podium The French Riviera venue served up perfect conditions for the first of the event’s two medal race days, with bright sunshine and winds averaging 15 knots providing the ideal playground.
Posted today at 6:50 pm
All on for Team Oman Air in second half of Extreme Sailing Series
Team Oman Air have everything to play for going into the back half of the second round after racing in Qingdao Skipper Phil Robertson's men spent almost three hours poised for action as they waited for the breeze to materialise but, unlike yesterday's opener when a 15-knot wind appeared halfway through the afternoon, it wasn't to be.
Posted today at 3:40 pm
World Sailing Show - Video news - May 2017 - Volvo 65, America's Cup
May 2017 edition of World Sailing News, which this month features Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup and more May 2017 edition of World Sailing News, which this month features: Winding the clock back on a Volvo 65 and taking a race boat that already has over 40,000 hard miles under its keel might not be your idea of a perfect start for another lap of the planet. But the newly refurbished fleet of Volvo 65s are better than new. We went to Portugal to find out how this can be so.
Posted today at 11:41 am
Top Chinese sailor aims to inspire in hometown of Qingdao
24-year-old, better known by his nickname Black, is back in his home city of Qingdao as Extreme Sailing Series™ returns The 24-year-old, better known by his nickname Black, is back in his home city of Qingdao as the Extreme Sailing Series™ returns to China’s Olympic Sailing City for an incredible seventh time.
Posted today at 11:18 am
Sailing World Cup - Medal races on LIVE NOW - Day 1
Live coverage of the first day of Medal Racing at Sailing World Cup Hyeres starts at 12:00 CEST Live coverage of the first day of Medal Racing at Sailing World Cup Hyeres starts at 12:00 CEST . First up is the Mens 49er skiff
Posted today at 10:48 am
Annapolis to Newport Seminar - Navigation, Routing and Weather
Navigation, Routing and Weather, being held at the AYC Clubhouse, wraps up the popular and informative seminar series. Navigation, Routing and Weather, being held at the AYC Clubhouse, wraps up the popular and informative seminar series. There are few sailors anywhere in the United States who have logged as many ocean miles as Tarry Lomax and Tom Schubert.
Posted today at 8:01 am
Comanche on the warpath for Transpac record
Jim Clark’s 100-foot Comanche has joined fleet of 62 entries preparing for Transpacific YC’s biennial LA-Honolulu race Jim Clark’s 100-foot Comanche has recently joined the fleet of 62 entries currently preparing for the 49th edition of the Transpacific YC’s biennial LA-Honolulu race, with one goal: to set a new race record. This 100-foot carbon fiber ocean greyhound designed by VPLP/Verdier and built by Hodgdon Yachts in 2014 was created to be quite simply the fastest sailing yacht in the world
Posted today at 5:29 am
Countdown to Transpac - Under 70 days to go
With just under 70 days to go to the first start of 49th biennial Transpac, skippers and sailors, are all working hard With just under 70 days to go to the first start of the 49th biennial Transpac, skippers and sailors, sponsors, families, spectators and organizers from the Transpacific YC are all working hard on their preparation tasks for this classic 2225-mile race from LA to Honolulu. In all, 63 monohull and multihull entries from seven countries around the Pacific and beyond are now entered
Posted today at 5:17 am
RC44 Sotogrande Cup – Rain does not stay on the plain
Rain of Old Testament magnitude descended on Spain's Costa del Sol for day two. While the wind was not excessive Even as RC44 crews and race management surfaced for their breakfast this morning, it was evident that the onshore easterly breeze, that had been blowing all night, had caused the sea state to build to the extent that waves were already breaking over the harbour wall.
Posted on 28 Apr