WHALES PUT ON A SHOW FOR HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK
WHALES have put on a show for sailors during the ongoing Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.
Playful humpback whales were spotted on the racetrack at the Hamilton Island event, breaching next to race boats in the Whitsunday Passage.
The whales spiced up the on-water action on day two of the six day series, providing a highlight to several crews.
A mother and baby humpback were the stars of the show, delighting the international guests on Stephen Everett’s Queensland boat Salacia and the crew aboard Ron James’ Beneteau 41 Synergy for up to 45 minutes.
“We had overseas guests on board…we couldn’t have organised it any better,” Everett said.
James couldn't believe his eyes when a huge whale breached next to his boat.
"It was incredible. We were sailing along and it was tracking us and then it swam parallel to us and breached. There was a massive bang when it hit the water. You could see the barnacles,” he said.
To see the footage visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8B_e6xRgxI .
WOW: A fantastic whale vision and still shot from Audi Hamilton Island Race Week on Monday. Photo by Andrea Francolini/AUDI.