The international yachting event, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, now the largest offshore regatta in Australia, has evolved over the past three decades into a spectacular display of on-water racing paired with the finest epicurean cuisine, exclusive fashion shows, flowing champagne and celebrity guests. The annual event, celebrating its 30th birthday this year, will be held from 17 to 25 August.
Keeping not only the sailors’ family and friends returning year after year, but also attracting travellers in search of a unique winter getaway is the impressive shore-sided social calendar. Highlights will include the Collette Dinnigan Resort Show & Cocktail Party, the Charles-Heidsieck Champagne Lunch as well as other gourmet events by Matt Moran, Kylie Kwong and other world-class chefs.
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week’s beautiful Whitsundays’ courses attract sailing’s elite, and caters for the full spectrum of keelboats- from non-spinnaker cruising yachts trough to Grand Prix level racers, With over 135 yachts already entered and dozens more expected in the coming weeks, the carnival is set to be the best yet. 2013 also offers another cause for celebration; the 10th anniversary of the Oatley family’s custodianship of Hamilton Island.