Aug 19, 2012
Day 2 – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012
This report is courtesy of our Audi Hamilton Island Race Week‘s Guest Blogger – Gail Bird
Day 2 and the winds have finally picked up. I’m lucky to the extreme to be on ‘Born to Battle’ which is a beautiful Riviera, and is also playing the role of the start boat for the IRC division today.
We headed a long way off Catseye Beach to undertake three windward leeward races. The start of these races is crazy!!! I literally saw one yacht’s bow sprint within 30cm of another boat’s hull. Yikes!! The three IRC divisions raced today over what must be described as a tactically demanding and exhausting course. Wild Oats XI was a class unto itself and looked magnificent under sail.
Many close duels were conducted over the course of the day – one of the most amazing sights was ‘Blunderbuss’ who struck trouble bringing in its kite whilst fighting a tacking duel with a number of other entrants. Sailing was the winner on the day and I hope the photos can bring an understanding of just how amazing this sport is. It was a magnificent day’s sailing.