Day 1 – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012

The racing is fierce at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

The racing is fierce at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week (Photo: Gail Bird)

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 us to a beautiful location south of Dent Island and whilst there was no sailing, the most magnificent sight awaited us. Words cannot describe the beauty of this pod of whales – I’ll let the pictures do the talking!

A pod of Whales entertains the becalmed sailors south of Dent Island

A pod of Whales entertains the becalmed sailors south of Dent Island (Photo: Gail Bird)

Anyway, back to the sailing. The IRC division was cancelled due to the light wind conditions but all other scheduled races went ahead, albeit delayed by many hours. In all other classes (no SB3′s today), the boats had a round-the-island race. Conditions were very tricky and many boats could not finish due to a total lack of wind. The best call of the day goes to Ron Barassi who made a bet that ‘Spirit of the Maid’ would beat giant trimaran “Team Vodafone”. The local skipper of Spirit said “WHAT!!!???”, but the funny thing was that the NZ entrant was unable to finish the race as wind became non-existent and ‘Spirit’ was second over the line to ‘Kerumba’. Mr Barassi, I take my hat off to you!!