Fun on the water and onshore

Fun on the water and onshore

As well as the racing on the water there are plenty of other events Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. We were invited to the Skippers and Owners party where we got to rub shoulders with the royal, famous and the beautiful.

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The Prix d’Elegance is a competition for the Best Presented Yacht and Crew and the Best Fun-Themed Yacht and Crew. Won by: Misty Sea & Debonnaire.

 

Image Credit: Andrea Francolini – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017

Image Credit: Andrea Francolini – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017

At the end of the week we also attended the Presentation Dinner

   

Here are the highlights from Race Week. I’m sure we will be back sometime in the future.

 

Ruby Charlotte

Ruby Charlotte

The only boat slower than us was our friend’s boat Ruby Charlotte. Liz and Jon have competed in Audi Hamilton Island Race Week every year since 2011 and in 40 plus race starts have only been able to complete one race. She’s not even a small boat weighing 35 tonnes so not exactly race weight. She also only can’t go to windward (can’t sail into the wind) but she is still a much-loved feature at the race week because she is a beautiful 60-year-old pearling lugger.

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Image Credit: Andrea Francolini – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017

I was very fortunate to be able to sail on Ruby with Lis and Jon for one of the races.

   

If you want to see more of Ruby and what she looks like inside take a look at the video.

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Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away

Our little boat Tatui at 26 foot was at the other end of the spectrum to the big boys at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. While not the smallest yacht in the fleet that honour went to Rhumbmaid which was only 22ft long we were the slowest in the fleet of 216 boats that actually completed a race at the event.

The only thing we were competing against this year was time. Last year we had only managed to complete one race in the time allocated. 6.5hours. So, this year we were kindly lent a spinnaker by a friend. A light weight coloured sail that allows you to sail faster downwind.

It certainly helped. Here’s the video of Russ and Colin trying it out on the start line.

Day 1 of raceweek was one of two highlights of the week for us. While Russ and Colin were competing a whale and her calf came up directly in front of them. Russ had to do several zig zags to avoid them but amazingly the media helicopter was overhead and took this spectacular shot of Tatui and the whales which will be going up on our wall at home.

Image Credit: Andrea Francolini – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017

One Day 3 we had our second highlight of the week. It was a day of light winds so only Russ and I went out to race and the race committee shortened the race. As we had such a low handicap and it was a shorter course miraculously not only did we complete the race on time but we actually WON the race for which we received a prized trophy.

Racing with the big boys

Racing with the big boys

The highlight of our trip to the Whitsundays was to take part, for the second year running, in Audi Hamilton Island Raceweek. It is one of the top sailing regattas in Australia which attracts sailors and celebrities from all over Australia and overseas. This year Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark skippered Wild Oats X now called Nanoq.

 
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Nanoq was one of the 4 big boats that everyone wanted to watch. It was thrilling to watch these 70ft- 100ft boats jostle for the best place on the starting line dwarfing the media boat and other boats.

 

 

 

I love the spectacle of race week. It gave me a chance to get some great photos of the yachts taking part.

One hazard of the start line is that the airport runway is behind the start line. Marshals on jet skis have to keep boats away from the end of the runway when the commercial jets fly in as in the past there and been aborted landings due to the yacht masts being too tall and too close to the runway.