Tweaks around the edges

Some changes revealed for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

Wednesday February 28th 2007, Author: Rob Mundle, Location: United Kingdom
The release of the Notice of Race for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2007 has revealed some of the appealing changes being planned for the regatta, which will be staged between August 18 and 25. It will be 24th edition of the award-winning event, which is sailed on the tropical waters of Queensland’s magnificent Whitsunday islands region.

To present a better balance between racing and leisure time ashore the regatta schedule now has the longest of the around-the-islands races, the Coral Sea Race, moved to Day Three, and the Lay Day for all classes posted for the following day. The regatta’s signature social event, the legendary Whitehaven Beach Party, stays with tradition and will be held on the Thursday, August 23.

This year two divisions have undergone name changes to better represent the style of yachts that will be competing. What was previously known as the Premier Cruising division is now Premier IRC, and the IRC Cruising division has become the IRC Cruiser/Racer division. The Regatta Director, Denis Thompson, has also eased the safety requirement for the longest race to the more appropriate Category 3 standard. Category 5 will apply for all other races. Also, a non-professional Corinthian Division will be included for the Sydney 38 One Design class.

A special Corporate Division is likely to be part of this year’s contest. Regatta organisers are considering the introduction of a Concourse d’Elegance for the best-presented yacht and crew. An exciting new social agenda is also being finalised.
More details regarding the expansion of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2007 will be released shortly.

Billed as The ‘Great’ Great Barrier Reef Island, Hamilton Island is currently undergoing a major upgrade in resort accommodation and the development of new facilities. Among the new projects being undertaken are the establishment of a spectacular 18-hole golf course and the construction of the impressive Great Barrier Reef Yacht Club complex. The first significant development under the new plan, a luxurious waterfront resort on the northwestern corner of the island, will be unveiled during Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

To view the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2007 Notice of Race visit the official website: http://www.hiyc.org.au

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