Multi-hulls to con­test race week

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

AUDI Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week is fast ap­proach­ing and en­tries are now open for all boats look­ing to com­pete in this year’s event.

As well as host­ing the Aus­tralian Yacht­ing Cham­pi­onships for grand prix level off­shore keel­boats, Hamil­ton Is­land will be the venue for the in­au­gu­ral Aus­tralian Yacht­ing Cham­pi­onship for mul­ti­hull craft.

This will be the first time the sport’s gov­ern­ing body, Yacht­ing Aus­tralia, has been the co-or­di­na­tor for a ma­jor cham­pi­onship for large mul­ti­hulls.

Hamil­ton Is­land CEO and world cham­pion sailor Glenn Bourke said Yacht­ing Aus­tralia would be sure to de­liver the high­est stan­dard of rac­ing.

“It is an hon­our for us; a fit­ting trib­ute to what is the 33rd stag­ing of Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week, that Yacht­ing Aus­tralia has nom­i­nated the re­gatta as the venue for the stag­ing of the Aus­tralian Multi-hull Cham­pi­onship,” he said.

“The event will sit well along­side the three ma­jor keel­boat Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships that will also be de­cided at this year’s re­gatta”.

Yacht­ing Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Matt Allen an­nounced multi-hulls would be­come part of the Aus­tralian Yacht­ing Cham­pi­onship this year.

“Multi-hull rac­ing is a huge growth area for the sport and we’re pleased to in­tro­duce a multi-hull rac­ing class as part of our premier off­shore cham­pi­onship,” he said.

“There’s no bet­ter place than Hamil­ton Is­land to kick this off. Sail­ing in the Whit­sun­days al­ways pro­vides vari­able con­di­tions, chal­leng­ing cour­ses and the op­por­tu­nity for great rac­ing so I’m sure the multi-hulls will en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

En­try forms for Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week 2016 are now posted on the Race Week web­site. The re­gatta is Aus­tralia’s largest off­shore sail­ing se­ries.

Photo: An­drea Fran­col­ini

IS­LAND PAR­ADISE: Some of the fleet com­pet­ing at Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week head to­wards the Whit­sun­day Pas­sage dur­ing last year’s race.

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