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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.

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