Multihulls set to join Hamo fleet
MULTIHULLS will become a permanent feature at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week (AHIRW), from the 30th staging of the award-winning event between August 17-24.
Hamilton Island’s CEO and Olympic and world champion sailor, Glenn Bourke, said the decision to open the regatta to multihulls was possible due to recently completing a new 40-berth marina arm in the island’s harbour, ideal for catamarans and trimarans.
“Having multihulls as part of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week has been on our agenda for some time,” Bourke said.
“However, it has not been until now, with the new marina arm completed, that we’ve had the opportunity to offer the right facilities for them within Hamilton Island’s harbour,” he said.
“In recent years we have had the ORMA 60s, Team Australia and Team Vodafone, racing within the fleet and they have really impressed everyone.”
“Now, in what we see as another significant milestone for the regatta, we are in a position to have all eligible multihulls become part of the fleet.”
Hamilton Island’s owners, the Oatley family, are also said to be very enthusiastic about the change. The family’s pa- triarch Bob Oatley is the owner of the 30-metre supermaxi Wild Oats XI, which is the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race record holder.
Equally supportive is AHIRW race director, Denis Thompson.
“I’m hoping that many of the multihull owners who will be racing at Airlie Beach the week before the start of racing at Hamilton Island, will make the effort to be with us. It promises to be a wonderful experience for them,” he said.
More than 130 yachts are now entered for this year’s milestone regatta.
For more information visit www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au.
HIGH SPEEDS: The very impressive New Zealand trimaran, Team Vodafone raced at last year’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.