Frantic activity at Hamilton Island as the fleet gets ready for Audi Race Week

The Hamilton Island marina is a hive of activity as crews prepare nearly 200 boats for tomorrow's start of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

As I type this news item, I can glance out my apartment window and see Wild Oats X out sailing among cruising boats and brightly-coloured hobie cats, while ferries and planes disgorge sailors and supporters.

An official dinner will be held this evening to kick off festivities and although I'm still recovering from the prize-giving at Airlie Beach last night (as were a few of the sailors who were on the same ferry) I'll be at the dinner and reporting on all the activities.

I'll be posting daily updates on the racing and the social life, so I do hope you'll make a note to check in every day to find out how your favourite boat has fared. If the racing is anywhere near as keen as it was at Airlie Beach (and I'm sure it will be) we are in for a real treat.

This pic of Living Doll and the new RP52 Scarlett Runner II shows just how intense the battle can be!

– Roger McMillan


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