Headlining the entertainment line-up for this year’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will be Cold Chisel legend, Ian Moss, who will entertain the audience at Club Marine’s official members-only Welcome Party to be held at Mariners Seaford Restaurant on the evening of Thursday, August 23. Moss is sure to thrill partygoers with the classic numbers that took both he and Cold Chisel to the top of charts.
The 29th edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, to be run from August 17 to 25, will, of course, also showcase one of the most impressive cross-sections of sailboats ever assembled for a major Australian regatta.
The significance of Race Week on the national sailing calendar is also marked by the fact it will be the single event to decide the 2012 Audi IRC Australian Champion.
One of the hottest regatta fleets ever seen in Australia will gather for the Whitsunday grab for IRC glory, including Marcus Blackmore’s defending champion, the TP 52, Hooligan, the modified and turbo-charged Kiwi TP 52, Georgia (Jim Farmer and Chris Meads), Shogun V (Rob Hanna), former winner Loki (Stephen Ainsworth), Black Jack RP 66 (Peter Harburg), and Yendys, another TP 52, which Geoff Ross has chartered from Spain in order to stage his racing comeback.
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will also see three of the top offshore racing yachts out of New Zealand defending the South Pacific Trophy against three of Australia’s best.
The fleet will range from the highest echelon of grand-prix-level racers and a sizzingly-fast New Zealand trimaran to cruising keelboats and sports boats. As always, the cruising categories will boast the highest numbers and create the most fun at Race Week.
The fleet size is expected to buck the economic downturn and reach 180 to 200 boats. What makes this figure doubly impressive is that the vast majority of competitors will travel many miles by road and sea to compete, the regatta drawing on fleets from Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and across the Tasman.
This year there will again be a spectacular stand-out on the water. Kiwi Simon Hull and his amazing 60ft Kiwi trimaran, TeamVodafoneSailing, will once more demonstrate to competitors and spectators the type of sailing that has been exciting crowds in Europe for the past decade.
As always, the Race Week social agenda will cater for the full spectrum of sailors and visitors – from five-star events at the island’s exclusive qualia resort and the welcome party and sumptuous dinners at Hamilton Island Yacht Club through to casual, low-cost dining and nightly live entertainment on Front Street.
There will also be the opportunity to play a round or two of golf on the island’s championship course, sign up for tennis lessons with a pro and slip on some fancy dress for the Prix d’Elegance on Friday, August 24.
This event is open to every competing yacht and crew, from the largest grand prix offshore racing yacht to the smallest cruising boat. Entries will be judged as the fleet parades past the flag deck of Hamilton Island Yacht Club while heading to the start line for the day’s racing.
Trophies will be awarded at the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week presentation dinner for the following categories:
• The Best Presented Yacht and Crew (yacht in first-class trim, and matching crew uniforms)
• The Best Fun-Themed Yacht and Crew (where imaginations run wild).
In addition to Club Marine’s special invitation-only members party, Club Marine will also be naming rights sponsor of the Club Marine Classic Long Race and is presenting partner for Race Week Radio, which will run from 7am to 10pm daily.
Club Marine is also pleased to confirm that it has re-signed as an official major sponsor for Race Week for the next three years.
In the meantime, Club Marine members wishing to reserve entry for themselves and a partner to the evening with Ian Moss should email Jennifer Farrelly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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