A Perfect Proposal to Finish Race Week

Spirit of the Maid at Audi Hamilton Island Race week 2012 (Photo: Andrea Francolini)

Spirit of the Maid at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 (Photo: Andrea Francolini)

One of the most exciting moments of Audi Hamilton Island Race week happened on the last race day for our guest blogger Gail Bird. Gail’s partner, Bruce Absolon, is the Development Manager for Hamilton Island. He is also the owner of Volvo 60 “Spirit of the Maid“.

Now, Bruce has had a busy week, ‘lending’ out “Spirit of the Maid” to America’s Cup winning skipper John Bertrand and a group of his ‘novice sailing’ mates including Ron Barassi and Simon Crean. The crew, racing in the Performance Division 1, came 9th overall, but finished the regatta with line honours on Saturday, beating arch rival Kerumba by 7 seconds. Bruce was so delighted with the finish, he took the boat back into the marina and promptly knelt, asking for our own Gail’s fair hand in marriage. Ahhhhh, a fairy tale ending.

We wish Gail and Bruce fair weather and good sailing.