Hamilton Island Race Week

Day 1 – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012

Day 1 – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012

This report is courtesy of our Audi Hamilton Island Race Week‘s Guest Blogger – Gail Bird Day 1 of racing and the question everyone was asking – “Where is the wind???” The start was delayed time and time again, but a lucky few, including myself, were invited aboard the cruiser ‘Redmond Ross’. Graham Young skippered [...]

Race Week Countdown

Race Week Countdown

There is a definite buzz in the air as Hamilton Island counts down to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. The staging is being put into place on Front Street for the on-going entertainment and the Henri Lloyd fashion event. Extra golf buggies are appearing on Samson the barge. Yachts are starting to arrive in the [...]

Food Glorious Food – Australia’s Finest Chefs

Food Glorious Food – Australia’s Finest Chefs

I can’t wait for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Yes, the racing will be great, and the boats will be beautiful, but I’m talking about the food! Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is Australia’s biggest offshore yachting regatta and attracts both top yachties and weekend cruisers. It also tempts top chefs to abandon their restaurants [...]

2012 Events Calendar

2012 Events Calendar

The Hamilton Island website describes Hamilton Island as the major events capital of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s hard to argue with that: 6 May 2012  – Hilly Half Marathon, for individuals, teams and kids 13 May 2012 – Mother’s Day Classic, a fun run or walk raising money for breast cancer research 14-18 June 2012 – [...]

Flying Roulettes

Flying Roulettes

I love these two pictures of the RAAF Roulettes aerobatic team taken by Andy Tyler during the 2010 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. I was at qualia during the display attending the Moet & Chandon Lunch and the squad did a flyby salute that had the whole dining room leaving their tables to peer outside [...]

Light Up the Sky

Light Up the Sky

One of the advantages of living on Hamilton Island is that you don’t need to wait for Guy Fawkes night to see a good fireworks display. It seems that every other week there is a convention or wedding or other event that features a fireworks display. I’m excited to hear that I don’t have much longer [...]

The Big Red Boat

The Big Red Boat

In the days leading up to the start of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week I spent some time at the Bommie Bar drinking coffee and watching the marina empty out the usual inhabitants, and fill up with the racing and cruising yachts. On one such morning I saw a large sail at one end of [...]

Sailing Weather

Sailing Weather

The weather has been stunning in the Whitsundays, a gorgeous week of clear blue skies, bright sunshine and a steady warm breeze.  The view from my deck takes in Catseye Bay, the Reef View Hotel and Passage Peak.  The Fitzalan passage is on my left as I look out one of my favourite views of [...]

Mojo Creations at Hamilton Island Gallery

Mojo Creations at Hamilton Island Gallery

I popped into the Hamilton Island Gallery this morning to chat with Louise about some upcoming exhibitions and had a WOW moment as I spotted the Lion Fish by Jo Wooler of Mojo Creations. Wooler had been at Hamilton Island during the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week on her Floating Gallery, aka her catamaran ‘Lickity [...]

Colour & Excitement

Colour & Excitement

Australia’s most celebrated offshore sailing regatta and one of the country’s premier social events, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 promises to eclipse previous years with more excitement on and off the water. Marcus Blackmore, the manwhose name is behind one of Australia’s leading health product companies, has dreamt of winning the Grand Prix division [...]

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