Did you love Hamilton Island Race Week this year? Didn’t make it? Make sure you get there in 2018.
It’s important to have an adventure to look forward to and it’s never too early to start planning.
Every August, spectators and yachtsman from around the world set sail for the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – one of Australia’s favourite yachting events.
Why should I go?
Running since 1983, Hamilton Island Race Week has grown to become one of Australia’s largest offshore sailing regattas with an on-water and off-water carnival.
From a racing perspective, participants are split into a grand prix for top-class racers, and an IRC passage class for modern fast-cruising yachts, performance racing and the fastest growing division, multihulls, both racing and cruising.
2017 – That’s a wrap
This year’s race week was a huge success, with many well-deserved victories coupled with beautiful weather and crystal clear waters. Don’t forget to check out the highlights of 2017 here.
We would like to acknowledge and congratulate Hidden Harbour Marina’s Thomas Hoogenbosch who scored a close one-point division win with his Victorian Bavaria 46 Therapy over James Whittle’s Hanse 495 Takani.
“Our crew was the highlight for me, they just melded together so well,” said Hoogenbosch. “My wife will have some say in this of course, but I hope we’ll be back next year to defend our win.”
Well done to everyone from the Hidden Harbour community who took part or attended Hamilton Island Race Week, great effort.
If you couldn’t make it you’ll be able to capture a piece of the excitement with these race day pics, they’ll be sure to fire you up and booking next year’s accommodation already!
How to sign up
Interested in signing up for next year? Keep your eyes peeled on the Hamilton Island Race Week website to see when sign up opens up. We’ll also post updates on the Hidden Harbour Marina Facebook page.
How do I get there?
The Hamilton Island Race Week website has detailed information relating to transport, you’ll find everything you need to know here.
Where to stay
As you can imagine Hamilton Island is incredibly busy during race week madness, which means you need to get your accommodation sorted beforehand.
You have six different accommodation styles to choose from:
- Luxury options: Qualia and the Beach Club
- Reef View Hotel
- Palm Bungalows
- Hamilton Island Holiday Homes
- Yacht Club Villas
Yachties may also choose to live aboard their yacht during race week. Each year hundreds of yachties live aboard meaning the marina is buzzing! You’ll be able to have a wash and use the bathrooms on shore, open to the public at all times.
What to bring
Food of course! You can choose to bring your own food or utilise Crew Catering through Bob’s Bakery. There’s also an IGA Supermarket where you can stock up on fresh produce.
Here’s hoping it’s perfect weather next year, start planning now and we will see you there!