Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Audi Hamilton island Race Week- Olympic sailing team, parties and more

by Rob Mundle on 7 Aug 2012
Whale aerobatics: You can expect the unexpected at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, and photos like these, taken by competitors during the regatta, could win you a prize in the Race Week Photo Competition Hamilton Island www.hamiltonisland.com.au
A parade by Australia’s gold medal winning Olympic sailing team, vibrant parties and entertainment for an entire week, a pre-regatta photo competition, and free beer!

That is just part of what is in store for competing sailors, families and friends when Audi Hamilton Island Race Week fires into action on August 18.


‘It is our way of saying thank you to the sailors for making the effort to be with us for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week,’ said the island’s CEO – world champion and Olympic sailor, Glenn Bourke. ‘We want everyone to realise there is no regatta like this in Australia, possibly the world, and we want them to sample what is part of the build-up to our 30th anniversary Race Week next year. That regatta promises to be nothing short of spectacular in every sense.’

On the eve of the start of racing each competing yacht docked in Hamilton Island’s harbour will receive a chilled five-litre keg of Heineken beer, and there will be a Heineken beer voucher in each Race Week Skipper’s Pack.

Then, from start to finish, there will be free entertainment and parties – including the already legendary pool party – for all to enjoy. On Front Street, the big stage outside the Tavern will have top-line bands turning each night into a dance party. At the regatta’s Opening Night party four legendary artists – Eric Weideman (1927), Mark Gable (Choirboys), John Swan (Jimmy Barnes’ brother) and Angry Anderson – will be setting the pace for the week.

However, without doubt, the highlight for the week will be a salute to our Gold Medal winning team of Olympic sailors. Audi Hamilton Island Race Week organisers have arranged for many of our team of sailors to fly directly from London to Hamilton Island for a ticker-tape parade along Front Street and a celebration. They will be accompanied by the man the sailing world calls ‘The Medal Maker’, the team’s head coach, Victor Kovalenko.

An additional bonus for all competitors at Race Week will be a Sailors’ Forum with a panel made up of some of the best-known names in the sport: famous round-the-world sailors Mike Sanderson, Tom Addis and Gordon Maguire, plus long-time Wild Oats XI crewman, Steve Jarvin. They will be discussing the best tactics to apply when sailing on the waters around Hamilton Island, and how to sail faster.

There is one other competition where those who were at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 and 2011 can participate – the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Facebook photo competition. This is where Race Week’s growing number of Facebook followers has a chance to win some fantastic prizes simply by submitting their favourite, non-professional, on-water and onshore images from either Race Week 2010 or 2011. The deadline for uploading images is Friday, August 10, 2012, and the winner will be announced via Facebook on Friday August 17. Details can be found on the regatta’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/raceweek

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 is open to a wide spectrum of boats – from sport boats to cruising yachts, cruiser-racers and Grand Prix level keelboats, plus high-performance multihulls.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 website

The Notice of Race and Entry Form are also on the site.

Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Protector - 660 x 82North Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Cruising Club of America names annual award recipients
The Cruising Club of America selected Michael J. Johnson (Santa Fe, N.M.) to receive Club’s Blue Water Medal for 2016 The Cruising Club of America (CCA) selected Michael J. Johnson (Santa Fe, N.M.) to receive the Club’s Blue Water Medal for 2016, awarded for his extensive cruising for over 40 years, covering more than 125,000 nautical miles and including an east-to-west circumnavigation below the five great southern capes.
Posted today at 4:02 am
JJ Giltinan 18ft skiffs - LIVE Coverage of Race 3 On NOW
Catch the latest race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for the 18ft Skiffs, sailed on Sydney harbour. Catch the latest race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for the 18ft Skiffs, sailed on Sydney harbour. Great coverage from the very knowledgeable team on the Camera Cat, including commentary from Peter Shipway, Bob Killick and Andrew Buckland.
Posted today at 3:41 am
Les Voiles de St. Barth - VORs in the spotlight
With curtain set to rise on Les Voiles de St. Barth in just over six weeks no fewer than 57 boats signed up for event With the curtain set to rise on the eighth edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth in just over six weeks (10 to 15 April, 2017), no fewer than 57 boats are already signed up for the event. Among these will be an impressive and rather unique fleet of Volvo Ocean Race boats, including both VOR 60s and VOR 70s.
Posted today at 3:05 am
Unreal acts of seamanship
It was a pleasure to watch Kiwi Conrad Coleman cross the finish line to complete his Vendée Globe. It was a pleasure to watch Kiwi Conrad Coleman cross the finish line to complete his Vendée Globe. He lapped the planet without using any kind of fossil fuels; just wind and solar to power an array of instruments as well as the all important (and power hungry) auto-pilot.
Posted today at 12:11 am
Vendée Globe – Slow down, you move too fast
The Dutch skipper has been forced to slow down to attempt to let the gales move away ahead of him in the Bay of Biscay. After the arrival of five skippers last week, there are now only two left at sea this morning: Pieter Heerema and Sébastien Destremau. The Dutch skipper has been forced to slow down to attempt to let the gales move away ahead of him in the Bay of Biscay.
Posted on 27 Feb
Vendée Globe – Why Pieter Heerema has to wait a little while longer
The Dutch skipper has less than 600 miles to go to reach Les Sables d’Olonne but is not likely to finish before Thursday The Dutch skipper has less than 600 miles to go to reach Les Sables d’Olonne, but is not likely to finish before Thursday, when he is expected to take seventeenth place
Posted on 27 Feb
11 boats to race the first ever GC32 Championship
Paul Kohlhoff, who represented Germany in the Nacra 17 catamaran at Rio 2016, is skippering SVB Team Germany Land Rover BAR Academy announced its squad for the 2017 season today. Like last year, the crew here is unusually being led by its bowman, in this case with former shorthanded offshore sailor, Rob Bunce, taking over from Neil Hunter, who has graduated up to the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup sailing team.
Posted on 27 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 – A totally unique race
Close to 900 sailors from 30 different nations competed in the ninth edition of the RORC's classic offshore race. The 2017 edition will be remembered for highly competitive racing throughout the fleet, with American yachts winning the major prizes. The race was affected by unusual weather conditions, with a low pressure system sending the wind direction spinning through 360º of the compass.
Posted on 27 Feb
Land Rover BAR Academy with big ambitions in Extreme Sailing Series
Land Rover BAR Academy today becomes the final team to join the line-up for the season opener in Muscat Land Rover BAR Academy today becomes the final team to join the line-up for the season opener in Muscat, as it launches its second campaign in the world's leading global Stadium Racing circuit.
Posted on 27 Feb
Oman Air crew eye podium finish in inaugural GC32 Championship
Oman Air will kick start their 2017 season in style as top-class sailing teams from across the globe converge on Muscat A new-look Oman Air will aim to kick start their 2017 season in style as top-class sailing teams from across the globe converge on Muscat, Oman, for the first ever GC32 Championship this week.
Posted on 27 Feb