Stardust one of 45 multihulls to compete at Hamo
AUDI Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 has broken into exciting new territory with the number of entries surging past 227 - the highest number in the regatta's spectacular 33-year history.
Not since the 25th anniversary series in 2008 has Race Week seen such impressive numbers, with time for the final fleet to number close to 240.
World champion sailor and Hamilton Island CEO Glenn Bourke said the number of entries this year was "tribute to everyone who is part of the event".
"We recognise the effort everyone makes to be part of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; a fact that sees us working to make it bigger and better each year. There is no regatta in the world like it, and we plan to keep it that way," he said.
The record-breaking 228th entry for this year hails from Hobart: the Beneteau 42.5, Pretty Woman, owned by real estate agent Brian Watchorn, and entered in the non-spinnaker cruising class. The yacht has cruised extensively in Tasmanian waters and participates in the popular twilight racing in Tasmania. Watchorn has been casually cruising north through Queensland waters in recent weeks towards the Whitsunday islands.
One of the more spectacular entries among the 45 multis already entered is the remarkable Tag 60 fast-cruising catamaran, Stardust, owned by Eric Cook.
Stardust, which is all-carbon fibre and weighs just 20 tonnes, is seen by him to provide the best of both worlds - considerable cruising comfort and great speed. Race week caters for a remarkably wide range of sailboats: from sportboats and trailables through to maxi and supermaxi yachts, cruising yachts and multihulls. Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 will be staged from August 20 to 27 on the tropical, island-laced waters of the Whitsundays.