Brilliant regatta for Airlie Beach boat
A 35-YEAR-OLD cruising yacht was the highest scoring boat from the Whitsunday mainland at this year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, which wrapped up on Saturday.
Brilliant II, owned by Julian and Sharon Smallwood, came fifth overall in the Cruising Non-Spinnaker Division 2, out of a total of 15 competing boats.
Julian Smallwood said he was very impressed with the boat's performance in the light winds that prevailed over the entire regatta.
"It is after all, a cruising yacht that weighs 17 tonnes and I think we did well to keep her moving," he said.
Brilliant II is a Kelly Peterson 44, measuring 13.3m long and 4.3m wide.
She was built in Taiwan in 1978 and the Smallwoods have owned her since 2005.
They bought the boat in Thailand and sailed her back to Australia.
She is now based in Airlie Beach.
SLIPPING ALONG: Local boat Brilliant II came 5th in Non-Spinnaker Division 2 at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Julian Smallwood skippered the boat and was supported by his wife, Whitsunday Times journalist Sharon Smallwood. Photo Hamilton Island Photography.