Trophies for anyone to win
AS THE fleet size for this year’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week climbs beyond 180 boats, it has been confirmed that there will again be two trophies on offer that any competing crew can win.
These stylish trophies will go to the winners of the Prix d’Elegance, an event where crews go to great lengths to display their creative genius in one of the two categories – either the best presented or best themed yacht.
The best presented yacht means the entry must be perfectly presented, with the crew in matching uniforms lining the deck.
Meanwhile past entries to the best themed category have included political satire, tropical island settings, bubble baths and even Michael Jackson themes. The Prix d’Elegance will be staged before the start of racing on Friday, August 23.
Over the years this all-in event has proven to be a boatload of fun for competitors, and high entertainment for the spectators watching from the shore.
One of the leading contenders in the “Best Themed” category will no doubt be Holy Cow, owned by Race Week stalwarts John and Kim Clinton. This year they will be out to win the trophy for an unprecedented third time. Two years ago their theme was “Fifty Shades of Green”, while last year they decided to follow Clive Palmer’s lead and form their own political party, “The Holy Cow Party”.
Judging takes place from the Flag Deck at the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. As each themed yacht departs Hamilton Harbour and heads out to racing that day, they cruise past the yacht club so their efforts can be considered by the judges and applauded by the spectators.
Race director Denis Thompson said the Prix d’Elegance was an integral part of the fun of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.
“[And] every year it’s amazing to see what lengths crews go to in their attempt to win,” he said.
BEST THEMED: Holy Cow, pictured at last year's Prix d'Elegance, will no doubt be a strong contender for this year's event. Photo by Andrea Francolini / Audi.