Hamilton Island - bigger better

Rob Mundle looks at the return of the Farr 40 fleet for next year's regatta

Monday December 17th 2007, Author: Rob Mundle, Location: Australasia
The significance of the 25th anniversary edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week has already led to the Farr 40 class planning to make a welcome return to the event, which will be staged between 23 and 30 August, 2008.

Also, regatta organisers are making a special effort to have as many yachts that have competed over the past 24 years part of the historic silver jubilee celebrations. And they are promoting a special division for classic yachts.

These participants will be part of an anticipated record fleet of 250 from Australia and abroad that will be racing at what has become Australia’s most successful and highly awarded regatta for offshore keelboats.

In preparation for such a remarkable fleet, Hamilton Island management has announced plans to undertake a major expansion of the harbour marina.

“We were caught a little by surprise by the record fleet of 217 this year,” said Chairman of Hamilton Island Enterprises, Sandy Oatley, “so we couldn’t provide the marina facilities we would have liked for everyone. Our plan is to complete an entire new marina arm before Race Week 2008 so that the number of yachts that will have to raft up will be kept to a minimum.”

The Race Week organisers have already met to plan the 2008 regatta and initiated plans for a sailing and social program that will exceed what was experienced at the highly acclaimed 2007 series. Additionally, it is likely that the first nine holes of Hamilton Island’s spectacular new international standard golf course will be open for competition, and much of the unique new Great Barrier Reef Yacht Club headquarters and associated villa precinct will be complete

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