ATLEY/ Island - PHONE DIRECT: +61 400 505 445 - STORY: Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - PIC SHOWS: Yachts leave Dent Passage, competing on Day 8 of the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Yachting event off Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia, on Saturday, August 25, 2007. Race Week attracts competitors from around the world and is Australia'a largest offshore sailing event. Photographer: Jack Atley/ /Hamilton Island.

Anchors Away for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

Written by: George Ristich
Date: 16th June 2014

Sailing enthusiasts from around the globe are preparing to set sail for Hamilton Island in Australia for the southern hemisphere’s largest offshore keelboat regatta, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, which this year takes place from 16-23 August 2014.

SPINNAKERS at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 - Hamilton Island, Queensland (AUS) 23 August 2013 ph. Andrea Francolini/AUDIThe 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. Whilst the impressive shore-side social calendar draws the crème de la crème with previous famous guests including the likes of Naomi Watts and Kathy Lette.

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 unmissable onshore events include:

  • The 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
  • The Paspaley Pearl Luncheon featuring a glorious feast served on the sands of Pebble Beach at qualia

hamilton island yacht clubThe 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.

Sailing remains at the heart of this Whitsunday isle, from the CEO of Hamilton Island, Glenn Bourke, who is a twice sailing Olympian and former Australian Yachtsman of the Year, to owner Robert Oatley, whose yacht, Wild Oats XI, recently won the prestigious Rolex Sydney to Hobart race for a record equalling seventh time.

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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is Australia’s largest offshore yachting regatta and the not-to-be-missed event on the international sailing calendar. Each year the regatta attracts skilled yachtsmen from around the world including New Zealand, Europe, Asia and America. The superb sailing rivalry is enhanced by a diverse on shore social schedule of celebrity chefs, fashion shows, exquisite jewels and glamorous parties. Audi is the title sponsor of Hamilton Island Race Week. The German luxury carmaker is now in its eighth year as sponsor of this leading regatta. For full details visit

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