Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 40+ 728x90

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 - 'First Fleeters' search is on

by Rob Mundle on 14 Dec 2012
1984 - inaugural Hamilton Island Race Week - first fleeters Rob Mundle
The Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 is set to bring in all 93 yachts and their owners that took part in the first ever race in 1984, pitting them in a special division race to celebrate the 30th Anniversary Regatta in August next year.

For a start, a special division will be created for them, and there will be a unique 30th Anniversary Race Week Trophy awarded to the winner.

‘The participation of the yachts that formed the original fleet is an integral part of the spectacular celebrations we are planning for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013,’ said Hamilton Island CEO, Glenn Bourke. ‘Those yachts literally launched this great series and set it on the course that has made it Australia’s premier keelboat regatta for cruising and racing yachts.

‘As part of our recognition of those first fleet yachts, and as an added incentive for them to share in the excitement of our 30th Anniversary Race Week celebrations, we will be waiving the entry fee for them. This is a wonderful gesture from the Oatley family, the avid sailors who own Hamilton Island.

They want to ensure that Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 is the greatest regatta Australia – possibly the world – has ever seen.’

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week organisers will be doing everything possible to track down the yachts that participated in 1984 – and they are seeking the assistance of sailors from across Australia. The original entry list has been posted on the Race Week website – Hamilton Island Race Week – so that current owners, or people who know the whereabouts of the yachts, can make contact. The list will also be sent to major yacht clubs.

There were some very famous yachts, and yacht owners, at Hamilton Island Race Week 1984. It included the late Jack Rooklyn with his famous maxi, Apollo; Peter Briggs’ Admiral’s Cup team member, Hitchhiker (which came all the way from Perth and won the regatta); Graeme Lambert’s 1983 Admiral’s Cupper, Too Impetuous, plus one of the most famous little yachts on the east coast at that time, Scampi A (Ross Perrins and Colin Loel), which had won the Brisbane to Gladstone race on handicap only weeks earlier.

However, as has always been the case, the bulk of the fleet for that inaugural regatta was made up of cruising yachts that had come from near and far for the great sailing and the dockside parties – the elements that have formed the legend of Hamilton Island Race Week.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Media Manager, Rob Mundle, who was at the inaugural Race Week, is coordinating the search for the ‘First Fleeters’. Any current owners of those yachts, or anyone knowing the whereabouts of any of them, can contact Rob’s assistant, Liz Christmas, at lizxmas0@bigpond.com

The Notice of Race for the 30th Anniversary Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will be posted on the website within a matter of weeks. Hamilton Island will be offering special ‘Early Bird’ accommodation rates. Details can be obtained through the website.

Luxury carmaker, Audi, returns as the main partner of Hamilton Island Race Week in 2013. The German premium brand will host a range of special events on the island for yacht owners and guests to enjoy during the week.
Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Zhik Dinghy 660x82Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Related Articles

Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug
FAST40+ Class to be the first to have honour of racing for One Ton Cup
14 FAST40+ racing yachts are expected, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA 14 high performance FAST40+ racing yachts are expected for the One Ton Cup, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States of America. The crew, of which only five can be professionals, come from countries all over the world.
Posted on 22 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club dominates Hinman Trophy Team Race
Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. 2016 Hinman Trophy Team Race - Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. This was the case for Noroton Yacht Club as they won the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy for the second straight year, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.
Posted on 22 Aug
Drama Queen - Goransson wins Melges 32 National Championship
Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship - After a weekend of challenging, moderate conditions in Newport, RI, Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship hosted by Sail Newport. Capping a weekend full of tight racing with lead changes around the track, it was fitting that the final race had three teams fighting for the regatta win
Posted on 22 Aug
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 - Day 1 Video
Day 1 of Audi Hamilton Race Week 2016 provided the first opportunity for Wild Oats XI and Scallywag to go head-to-head Day 1 of Audi Hamilton Race Week 2016 provided the first opportunity for Wild Oats XI and Scallywag to go head-to-head on an inshore race course. The two boats shadowed each other in the pre-race manoeuvres prior to the start of a race to Lindeman Island and back, starting in Dent Passage. Both boats made a fine spectacle as they reached to the northern tip of Dent Island before heading upwind
Posted on 21 Aug
Reading Australia’s Rio 2016 Sailing Report Card
Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. So Tom Burton's Gold in the Laser, and then Silver for the 470 Men’s sailors, Matt Belcher and Will Ryan, London 49er Gold Medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and then lastly Nacra 17 first time campaigners, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, was a good result.
Posted on 21 Aug
2016 U.S. National Championship - Argo advance
The Melges 32 fleet at the 2016 U.S. National Championship was greeted with a lumpy, streaky race course 2016 U.S. National Championship - As the breeze remained in the ESE direction overnight and began bucking an outgoing tide in the morning hours, the Melges 32 fleet at the 2016 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport was greeted with a lumpy, streaky race course, rewarding those teams that started clean and minimized maneuvers.
Posted on 21 Aug