Cruising yachts – privately owned and chartered – represent a significant and important part of the fleet at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, and because of this, the regatta organizers have decided to expand the charter opportunities for competitors this year. As well as having chartered monohulls racing in the spinnaker and non-spinnaker cruising divisions, charter catamarans from the Sunsail fleet based at Hamilton Island will be able to compete as a class.
“Multihulls are an expanding part of our sport, and this change is reflected in charter fleets around the world,” said Hamilton Island’s CEO and world champion yachtsman, Glenn Bourke. ‘There are now 11 production catamarans available for charter through Sunsail here on the island, and we see no reason why they can’t be part of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.”
Regatta Director Denis Thompson agrees, adding that it is important for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week to keep moving with the times. He confirmed that the charter catamarans would be sailing the same courses as the Non-Spinnaker Cruising class yachts.
The catamarans available for this year’s regatta, which will be staged from August 19 – 27, range in length from 38 to 46 feet and can carry between eight and 12 crew. They are either Leopard or Lagoon cruising designs.
For more information, go to www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au.