“The Soaring Silhouette of a Full Sail” The Inspiration Behind Hamilton Island Yacht Club
Written by: Samantha Kirton
Date: 16th March 2009
The Oatley family has big ambitions for Hamilton Island Yacht Club which is scheduled to open later this year – they want their new development, inspired by the soaring silhouette of a full sail, to be recognised as one of the world’s leading yachting structures.
Two of Australia’s top yachtsmen have been credited with providing the inspiration for both building a landmark yacht club on Hamilton Island as well as for its eye catching design – Olympic and World Champion Iain Murray and Bob Oatley owner of the supermaxi Wild Oats XI, who in December 2008 achieved an unprecedented fourth consecutive line honours
win in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race.
Designed by renowned Australian architect Walter Barda, the Yacht Club features a stunning pre-weathered green copper roof with a distinctive sail-like shape that epitomises the essence of the Great Barrier Reef – the sailing mecca of the Whitsundays.
The Yacht Club will house, over three levels, state-of-the art facilities for corporate events and weddings, a contemporary restaurant, alfresco bar and casual dining precinct. Private dining rooms, library and a wellness facility, including a 25 metre indoor heated pool, will also be available to members.
Commenting on the new development, Hamilton Island (www.hamiltonisland.com.au) CEO Glenn Burke said “Whether for recreation, socialising, relaxing or executive business, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club is destined to become a signature Australian location.”
In addition, a luxury 35-villa resort is being built adjacent to Hamilton Island Marina using natural timbers and sweeping lines which make the most of the Dent Passage waterfront location.
A Peter Thomson designed 18-hole “Hamilton Island Golf Course”, will also open in 2009, completing the range of offerings for guests travelling to the Island.
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Australia’s most successful keelboat regatta, will take place 21st-29th August. This will be the events 26th anniversary.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Hamilton Island is located off the Queensland coast of Australia, within the Whitsunday Islands and at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Here visitors can experience everything that is great about Australia – natural landscapes, calm turquoise waters, secluded beaches, beautiful weather, fascinating coral reefs, diverse flora and fauna.
Hamilton Island offers a wide range of accommodation options, restaurants, bars, pools and shops, not to mention over 40 activities and all within a short direct flight from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Cairns. There are also great connections from other Australian cities.
Hamilton Island is proud to be Tourism Queensland’s major partner in the global search for a candidate to fulfil the ‘Best Job in the World’ – Island Caretaker for the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Hamilton Island will be the home base for the Island Caretaker who will be responsible for discovering and promoting the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef and instilling the desire for travellers from around the world to visit Queensland.
The Island Caretaker will enjoy six months in an oceanfront luxury villa on Hamilton Island from where they will swim, snorkel, bushwalk on the wonderous Islands of the Great Barrier Reef and report back on their adventures via blogs, video diaries and media interviews to a global audience.