Yachts to dress up for Hamo re­gatta

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

WA­TER­FRONT ru­mours across Aus­tralia of a new po­lit­i­cal party form­ing dur­ing the 30th Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week, have now been con­firmed.

De­tails are sketchy but it is known that an an­nounce­ment will take place dur­ing the stag­ing of the re­gatta’s Prix d’ El­e­gance on Fri­day, Au­gust 23, in­volv­ing re­gatta stal­wart John Clin­ton and his colour­ful crew aboard the Beneteau 50 Holy Cow.

“If Clive Palmer can start up his own po­lit­i­cal party then there’s noth­ing stop­ping us from start­ing the Holy Cow Party,” said the hand­somely-bearded Clin­ton, who is also the high-pro­file leader, drum­mer and vo­cal­ist for Aus­tralia’s leg­endary south­ern-style band, The Wolver­ines.

“I can’t say any more at this stage be­cause, if I do, then we might not win the Prix d’El­e­gance tro­phy and that’s more im­por­tant than any­thing else to us,” he said

Clin­ton and his crew will be try­ing to win the Prix d’El­e­gance tro­phy for Best Themed Yacht for an un­prece­dented third time.

Al­ways one to be top­i­cal, Holy Cow won the keenly sought-af­ter tro­phy last year with a theme taken from the in­ter­na­tional best­selling book Fifty Shades of Grey, based around their favourite co- lour for the yacht – green. Holy Cow pa­raded past the judges on Hamil­ton Is­land Yacht Club’s Flag Deck with the crew - some dressed in plas­tic body parts – hu­mor­ously re-en­act­ing some of the erotic ac­tiv­i­ties de­tailed in the book.

Clin­ton said AHIRW was all about hav­ing fun, both on and off the wa­ter.

“And the Prix d’El­e­gance is one of the high­lights of the week,” he said.

“Crews re­ally get into the spirit of it and let their imag­i­na­tions run wild.”

Prix d’El­e­gance tro­phies are pre­sented for two cat­e­gories - the Best Pre­sented Yacht, where the yacht is per­fectly pre­sented, with the crew, in match­ing uni­forms, lin­ing the deck and the Best Themed Yacht, where themes have in­cluded po­lit­i­cal satire, trop­i­cal is­land set­tings, bub­ble baths and a trib­ute to the late Michael Jack­son.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the re­gatta from Au­gust 17-24, visit www.hamil­ton­is­landrace­

Photo by An­drea Francolini.

50 SHADES OF GREEN: Holy Cow (John and Kim Clin­ton), won Best Themed Yacht at the Prix d’El­e­gance, in Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week last year.

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