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May 5, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Hosted on Hamilton Island, located at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is the largest offshore yachting regatta in the southern hemisphere.

The upcoming event (16 – 23 August) is set to once again be the not-to-be-missed event on the 2014 international sailing calendar.

The event’s beautiful Whitsundays’ courses attract the sailing elite, and caters for the full spectrum of keelboats – from non-spinnaker cruising yachts through to Grand Prix level racers.233199_num752402_600x600

Keeping not only the sailors and their family and friends returning year after year, but also attracting travellers in search of a unique winter getaway, is the impressive shore-side social calendar.

Over the past three decades, the event has evolved into a spectacular display of on-water racing, paired with the finest epicurean cuisine, glamorous parties, exclusive fashion shows, flowing champagne and celebrity guests.

Annual special events not to be missed include the hugely popular Charles-Heidsieck Champagne Lunch where guests dine on a bespoke menu matched with fine Charles-Heidsieck wines; delectable brunches and lunches presented by Audi ambassadors and iconic Australian chefs Matt Moran, Kylie Kwong and Shannon Bennett; and the Paspaley Pearl Luncheon featuring a glorious feast served on the sands of Pebble Beach, qualia plus many more.

Hamilton Island custodian, Sandy Oatley believes sailing remains at the heart of the destination saying: “Each Race Week we strive for excellence and always have an expert team in place – from our CEO of Hamilton Island, Glenn Bourke, who is a twice sailing Olympian and previously named Australian Yachtsman of the Year, to all our energetic staff members at Hamilton Island who work tirelessly to create a memorable event for the yachties and spectators alike.

“Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is my favourite time to visit the island, the atmosphere is magic, there’s a wonderful sense of camaraderie and was one of the reasons my family decided to buy Hamilton Island in the first place,” said Mr Sandy Oatley.

The majority of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week activity revolves around the iconic Whitsundays landmark; the Hamilton Island Yacht Club – an iconic architectural design by Walter Barda and the official Challenger of Record for the 35th America’s Cup..

America’s Cup legend Tom Ehman summing up the event perfectly: “Hamilton Island Race Week is the best kept secret in the world of yachting. The organisers of any major race week should look at how Hamilton Island makes this more than a sailing event: it’s also a social and cultural happening. Through resources, imagination and hard work it has really come into its own.”

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