Bril­liant re­gatta for Air­lie Beach boat

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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