Written by Rob Mundle
Photography by Salty Dingo / Kurt Arrigo
The Notice of Race has been posted and entries are open for the 36th edition of Australia’s largest and most spectacular offshore regatta, Hamilton Island Race Week.
The much-acclaimed series, which high profile world championship winning sailors like Karl Kwok and Gavin Brady have declared to be the best in the world, will be staged from 17 to 24 August, 2019.
The reason for such an accolade is simple: Hamilton Island Race Week combines superb tradewind sailing and an unsurpassed social agenda. And, it’s all based out of an internationally acclaimed tropical resort which sits as the centrepiece of 74 islands, 68 of which are uninhabited.
The foundation for Race Week is so unique that it draws an amazing cross-section of yachts from all over Australia and overseas; everything from tiny trailables that are towed thousands of kilometres to compete, to the full spectrum of racing and cruising monohulls and multihulls, plus supermaxis and superyachts.
“Hamilton Island Race Week is all about the sailors, their families and friends having the best possible experience on and off the water,” Hamilton Island’s CEO, world champion and Olympic sailor, Glenn Bourke said.
“Each year we work hard to make sure that the upcoming Race Week is better than the last, and I’m sure that is what we will achieve again this year.
It’s a challenge made easier by the fact that our staff enjoy being part of Race Week as much as the competitors.”
Also, there is good news from Race Week’s race director Denis Thompson for all competing yacht owners: the entry fee across the eight divisions is the same as the 2018 regatta.