Yachting legends to change class for Hamo race week
FOUR of the best-known offshore yachtsmen in Australia and New Zealand are expected to compete at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week (AHIRW) this August, each on a high-performance MC38 One-Design.
Marcus Blackmore, Lang Walker, Neville Crichton and Robin Crawford placed orders for their new racing yachts with McConaghy Boats in Sydney just two weeks ago.
Neville Crichton is best recognised as the owner of the super maxi Alfa Romeo. Lang Walker is prominent in the world of superyachts as well as keelboat racing. Robin Crawford, a long-time offshore racing sailor, won the IMS division of the 1992 Sydney to Hobart race with his Farr designed sloop Assassin and Marcus Blackmore has been a successful ocean racing sailor for 30 years.
A Puerto Rican national has also placed an ordered for an MC38 and is planning to compete at race week.
McConaghy Boats’ joint managing director, Jono Morris, confirmed the orders, saying these new MC38s, along with six others, were expected to be at the regatta from August 16-23. One of the six existing boats will be coming from New Zealand.
Marcus Blackmore – who last year became the first sailor in race week’s 30 year history to win the prestigious Grand Prix division for three consecutive years – said his plans for being at AHIRW 2014 were well advanced.
“We watched the MC38s enjoying some excellent close racing last year, so it didn’t take a lot for us to decide that would be the class for us in the future,” he said.
“Now, with four new owners entering the fray, things can only become more exciting and satisfying.”
Six months out from the regatta, the entry list is already looking impressive, with the 30th registration expected in a matter of days.
The regatta is open to the full spectrum of keelboats and multihulls and the Notice of Race and entry form can be found at www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au.
ONE DESIGN: MC38’s racing on the course at a previous Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. About 200 yachts are expected to compete this year. Photo by Andrea Francolini/Audi