Ea­gle to rock re­gatta

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

FOR eight con­sec­u­tive years, Vic­to­rian yachts­man Ross Wil­son has looked at the top of the podium at Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week, but never quite en­joyed the plea­sure of stand­ing there.

This year, from Au­gust 16-23, he will be back for an­other at­tempt at win­ning the IRC Pas­sage di­vi­sion, with what he con­sid­ers to be the best for­mula for suc­cess - the same yacht and a crew of good friends who know how to have a fun time both sail­ing and so­cially.

“We’ve been sec­ond in our di­vi­sion a few times, but have never quite got to the top,” Wil­son said.

“Re­gard­less, we keep com­ing back be­cause we en­joy Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week so much.”

The ma­jor­ity of Wil­son’s 12-per­son crew will be reg­u­lars – friends from Syd­ney, where his yacht, the Beneteau 47.7, Ea­gle Rock, is based and oth­ers from Mel­bourne, in­clud­ing some who have spent many years rac­ing with the leg­endary Mel­bourne yachts­man Lou Abrahams, who passed away late last month.

While this will be Wil­son’s ninth straight race week with the yacht, it will be his four­teenth time at the re­gatta in 15 years.

“When you do only one sail­ing se­ries a year, as is the case for many of us and you al­ways choose Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week, it says plenty about our im­pres­sions of the re­gatta,” he said.

“We thrive on the in­ten­sity of the rac­ing and the scenery you sail by on ev­ery course. It has to also be said that we en­joy the post-race dock par­ties as much as we do the sail­ing. It’s like an an­nual gath­er­ing of the clan.”

Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week is open to the full spec­trum of keel­boats, sport boats and mul­ti­hulls.

The No­tice of Race, en­try form and re­gatta in­for­ma­tion are all avail­able on the re­gatta web­site www.hamil­ton­is­landrace­week.com.au.

PUR­SU­ING THE PODIUM: Ross Wil­son’s yacht, Ea­gle Rock, will be back at this year's Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week for the ninth con­sec­u­tive year. Photo by An­drea Fran­col­ini / Audi

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