From Europe for Hamo Race Week

En­tries for re­gatta big­ger than ever

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

FROM across the ocean depart­ing Europe and un­der sail from around the coun­try they will come for Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week this year.

Such is the in­ter­est in this year’s re­gatta that en­tries are be­ing lodged at a rate faster than at any other time in the event’s 33-year his­tory.

On cur­rent pro­jec­tions the fi­nal fleet is likely to ex­ceed 200 for the series, which will be staged on the warm trop­i­cal wa­ters of the Whitsunday re­gion from Au­gust 20 to 27 this year.

Al­ready the cross-sec­tion of en­tries is most im­pres­sive.

They range from maxi yachts, sleek and lux­u­ri­ous new cruiser-rac­ers, ca­sual cruis­ers, trail­ables, ex­cit­ing sport boats, and the widest imag­in­able spec­trum of mul­ti­hulls. Some have en­tered just for the fun fac­tor while oth­ers are out to win their di­vi­sion; then there’s the up­per ech­e­lon of Grand Prix, PHS and mul­tis com­pet­ing to win their class in the Aus­tralian Yacht­ing Cham­pi­onships.

One early en­try cer­tain to at­tract at­ten­tion is Syd­ney yachts­man Ervin Vi­dor’s un- iquely el­e­gant, 23-me­tre-long CNB 76 cruiser-racer, Char­lotte, which was launched in France last year.

He has trav­elled 6000 nau­ti­cal miles with the ex­press in­ten­tion of be­ing at this year’s Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week.

“I’ve com­peted at Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week only once, but I al­ways knew I’d be back when my busi­ness com­mit­ments would al­low it,” he said.

“Now, hav­ing this new yacht, and the time avail­able to be there, I can’t wait to be part of this year’s re­gatta.”

Audi Aus­tralia re­turns as the nam­ing right spon­sor of Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week for an in­cred­i­ble eleventh year.

Through­out the past decade of part­ner­ship, Audi and Hamil­ton Is­land have worked hand-in-hand to cre­ate the most im­pres­sive sail­ing re­gatta in Aus­tralia with even more ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer for sailors and on­shore guests alike.

This shared vi­sion is based on a joint pas­sion for win­ning per­for­mance, in­no­va­tion and spir­ited com­pe­ti­tion – ev­i­dent at AHIRW each year.

RACE WEEK: The 23-me­tre yacht Char­lotte has come from Europe to com­pete at Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week in 2016. Photo: CNB Yachts, France

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