Hamo set to cel­e­brate

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE scene is now set to cel­e­brate 30 years of sail­ing at Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week (AHIRW) from Au­gust 17-24.

A rais­ing of the flag cer­e­mony and fire­work dis­play at the Hamil­ton Is­land Yacht Club will of­fi­cially open the land­mark event on Satur­day, Au­gust 17, led by Queens­land’s tourism min­is­ter, Jann Stuckey, Hamil­ton Is­land’s owner, Bob Oatley and Audi Aus­tralia’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, An­drew Doyle. Now the lar- gest off­shore re­gatta in Aus­tralia, AHIRW has evolved over the past three decades into a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play of on-wa­ter rac­ing, paired with the finest cui­sine, ex­clu­sive fash­ion shows, flow­ing cham­pagne and celebrity guests.

The 2013 event also marks the 10th an­niver­sary of the Oatley fam­ily’s cus­to­di­an­ship of Hamil­ton Is­land.

With more than 150 yachts al­rea- dy en­tered, the re­gatta is set to be the best yet. Events on this year’s shore-side so­cial cal­en­dar in­clude a Col­lette Din­ni­gan re­sort show and cock­tail party; with Hamil­ton Is­land the only lo­ca­tion out­side of Paris where the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed fash­ion de­signer has cho­sen to show her col­lec­tions.

Audi am­bas­sadors and iconic Aus­tralian chefs Matt Mo­ran, Kylie Kwong and Shan­non Ben­nett will each present unique, new gas­tro­nomic ex­pe­ri­ences through­out the week.

The Wild Oats wines ladies lunch will fea­ture mas­ter patissier Adri­ano Zumbo and the beef and reef din­ner with the world’s fastest sailor, Peter Lar­son, is ex­pected to be a sell out.

For full de­tails of the event visit www.hamil­ton­is­landrace­week.com.au.

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