Scamper signs up for island racing
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
POPULAR SAIL: Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is tipped to attract more than 200 yachts.