Sailors in driving seat at Hamo
ONE lucky yacht owner competing at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week (AHIRW) next month will be going home with a $45,000 prize - an Audi A1 Ambition compact car. The car will be the most valuable prize offered for any Australian sailing event this year.
To win this stylish 'Misano Red' premium car, yacht owners and crews will need to combine their best sailing skills with those of being a skilful driver at the wheel of a blisteringly-quick Audi R8 sports coupe. Audi's chief driving instructor, former Top Gear TV presenter and race car driver, Steve Pizzati, will be on the island to put crews through their paces.
The Audi A1 Ambition will be awarded to one of the division winners at race week. To be eligible for the prize one nominated crew member from each yacht must have participated in the Audi Final Drive Challenge, which is one of many activities scheduled for the regatta's lay-day on Wednesday, August 22.
Audi's presence at Race Week this year will be further enhanced by an impressive display of motor vehicles and the presence of a competing yacht, Audi Penfold Sport, skippered by David Ellis and representing Audi Penfold in Melbourne. The 37-metre luxury motor yacht, Masteka 2, will be Audi's VIP vessel for the regatta.
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012, which will be staged from August 17-25, is open to a wide spectrum of sailboats - from sport boats to cruising yachts, cruiser-racers and Grand Prix level keelboats, plus high-performance multihulls. The fleet already totals 131 and with entries being received at a rate faster than last year it is likely 200 yachts will compete.
For more informations visit www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au. The Notice of Race and Entry Form are also on the site.