Scam­per signs up for is­land rac­ing

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT ON THE WATER -

A CRUIS­ING cata­ma­ran from South Aus­tralia has al­ready made its mark on Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week 2017 by be­com­ing the 150th en­try.

Named Scam­per and owned by Adrian Lawrie, the 15.2m Schion­ning de­sign is one of 24 mul­ti­hulls en­tered for the re­gatta, from Au­gust 19 to 26.

Much to the sur­prise of many ob­servers, the rate of en­try this year is only marginally less than that of last year when a record fleet of 252 yachts com­peted.

More than 200 yachts and 2000 sailors are ex­pected to take part this year.

“The rate of en­tries this year is cer­tainly im­pres­sive,” said Hamil­ton Is­land chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Glenn Bourke.

“It ap­pears that the yachties, their fam­i­lies and friends are show­ing their sup­port for Race Week, and Hamil­ton Is­land as a des­ti­na­tion af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie left a trail of de­struc­tion across the Whit­sun­days ear­lier this year,” Mr Bourke said.

“I’m proud to say that our great team on the is­land has pulled out all stops to have ev­ery­thing in readi­ness for Race Week.

“It’s been a huge task, but we’re well on the way to be­ing 100% fully op­er­a­tional.”

While many of the pri­vately owned rental prop­er­ties on the is­land will not be fully re­paired in time for Race Week, there is an­other ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tion, es­pe­cially for those want­ing to com­pete in the Mul­ti­hull Cruis­ing Divi­sion.

Char­ter or­gan­i­sa­tion Sun­sail Whit­sun­days, which is based on Hamil­ton Is­land, has lux­u­ri­ous live-aboard cata­ma­rans avail­able for char­ter for the event.

Ger­man lux­ury car­maker Audi is re­turn­ing for the 12th year as prin­ci­pal spon­sor.

Visit www.hamil­ton­is­landrace­week.com.au for full de­tails.

The rate of en­tries this year is cer­tainly im­pres­sive. — Glenn Bourke

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

POP­U­LAR SAIL: Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week is tipped to at­tract more than 200 yachts.

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