Day 2 – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012

Passage peak is the perfect backdrop to day two sailing at Hamilton island Race Week

Passage Peak is the perfect backdrop to day two sailing 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 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.