Rapid rise in entries for Hamo race week
MORE than 120 yachts have now entered the 30th Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, from August 17-24.
The 100th entry came from Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore, Howard Piggott, with his Beneteau First 40, Flying Cloud – a yacht named after one of the most famous clipper ships of all time.
This will be Piggott’s fifth Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, a regatta he sees as the best possible launching pad for the approaching summer season of sailing.
“The timing is perfect and the regatta itself is unsurpassed in Australia,” he said.
“The adventure starts for us with the Sydney-Gold Coast race at the end of July, then, from there, it becomes a leisurely cruise into the tropics and on to Hamilton Island for race week. That’s the real reward: superb hospitality, ideal sailing conditions, and lots of fun.”
Flying Cloud’s entry was lodged just seconds ahead of another entry from the same club, the cruising yacht Leeward, skippered by John Quinn.
Since then the rate of entries has accelerated rapidly – a trend which race director Denis Thompson says confirms the status of the regatta on the Australian sailing scene.
The cross-section of entries received so far for is certainly broad. The largest yacht entered to date is the superbly restored 21.8-metre classic staysail ketch, Sir Thomas Sopwith, owned by Di and David Edwards, from Sydney, while the smallest is the 6.2-metre high-performance SB20, Jump, sailed by Dennis Winstanley, from Hamilton Island.
Luxury carmaker Audi, returns as the title sponsor of Hamilton Island Race Week in 2013. The German premium brand will host a range of special events on the island for yacht owners and guests to enjoy throughout the week.
For more information visit www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au.
FLYING CLOUD: The Beneteau First 40, Flying Cloud, owned by Cruising Yacht Club of Australia commodore, Howard Piggott, is the 100th entry for this year’s 30th Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.