IRC Australian Championships are heading to Hamilton Island
THE 2015 IRC Australian Championship will land at Hamilton Island this year.
The premier national IRC racing event returns to Hamilton Island and the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, which last hosted the championship in 2012.
History was created at that event, when Marcus Blackmore took out the IRC Australian Championship with his TP52 Hooligan, making it back-to-back wins following his success in 2011.
Racing will again take place in three classes (division 1, division 2 and division 3) allowing similar-sized yachts to compete in their relevant division and offering fairer racing.
Yachting Australia Chief Executive Officer Phil Jones believes Hamilton Island Yacht Club hosting the 2015 IRC Australian Championship will strengthen and grow the event. “The IRC Australian Championship has always been a linchpin of racing in this country and a showpiece in the Yachting Australia events calendar,” he said.
“With 31 years of regatta management experience hosting Race Week plus the IRC Championship and a number of world championships we know the island and the club will deliver an excellent programme of racing and off-water activities in 2015.”
A fleet of 182 boats recently finished the 31st edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, with the annual event again proving it’s a magnet for quality IRC boats from around the country, attracting three divisions from the BH36 Local Hero in division 3 up to the current Audi IRC Australian champion, Karl Kwok’s TP52 Team Beau Geste which took out division 1 honours.
Hamilton Island Chief Executive Officer Glenn Bourke welcomed the IRC Australian Championship back to Hamilton Island.
“We have some of the best racing and courses in the world and to host the championship again provides a great opportunity to experience Hamilton Island,” he said.
“I extend an open invitation to all IRC rated boats to come and compete in the Whitsundays next year and fight it out for the honour of being the premier IRC racing teams. Building on the great series hosted by Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club this year, we are hoping for more than 30 challengers.”
For more information visit www.yacthing.org.au.