23rd March 2016
Entries are now open for the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 and already entrants are flooding in. If the initial burst is any indicator of what to expect, it appears this year's regatta will be rather special. In fact, almost 40 yachts representative of the sport's diverse cross section have already nominated for the 33rd staging of the series. If this momentum continues, entries will soon surge well beyond 50, a milestone which would suggest a final fleet of approximately 200 is likely for the event.
Scheduled from August 20 to 27, Hamilton Island Race Week is considered the premier offshore regatta in Australia and is ranked among the best in the world for its excellent race courses which weave around tropical islands. The event is also renowned for its unique party environment onshore, quality island accommodation as well as the exceptional camaraderie displayed among its participants.
The famous regatta caters for the full gamete of sailboats and includes everything from small trailable yachts to superyachts and multihulls of all sizes. This cross section is already being reflected in the entry list for this year, with four yachts exceeding 20m in length, eight multihulls, cruiser-racers and a broad range of Grand Prix level racers.
Yachting Australia, the sport's governing body, has once again added status to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 with its decision to once again include the Offshore Multihull yachts, Performance Handicap and Australian Yachting Championships for Grand Prix at this year's series.
The Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 Notice of Race and entry forms are now available on the Race Week website. The regatta is the largest offshore sailing series in Australia and entry is open to a wide range of sailboats including trailer sailors, sportboats, maxi yachts, Grand Prix level keelboats, multihulls and cruising yachts of all configurations and sizes.