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Posts Tagged ‘Hamilton Island’

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If the sun, tropical racing, posh digs, and sexy aussie girls wasn’t enough to get you jonesin’ to sail Hammo Island Race Week, the wildlife might.  Incredible right-place-right-timing for the yacht Synergy as well as the Hammo TV crew that caught it; check the whale breach video here.

August 18th, 2014 by admin

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WOAC45With Team Australia flaming out of the America’s Cup with a whimper, the Oatley family needed a new look for the winged AC45 they picked up along the way.  And once they painted it up right, they realized they’d finally gotten a Wild Oats that’s significantly faster than the R/P 100 that’s been winning the Hobart for a decade…and for about 5% of what they’ve spent on the big one!

Pic thanks to SA’er ‘wildboats’ from the 45s launch at the upscale Hamilton Island Race Week.  Not the latest or greatest tech or the fastest cat out there, but it’s certainly got sex appeal…


August 15th, 2014 by admin

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2013-11-28T012612Z_1_CBRE9AR03ZT00_RTROPTP_2_CSPORTS-US-SAILING-AMERICAS-CUPAnyone remember a little AC program called Young Australia, skippered by an arrogant little ginger named Jimmy?  It was a hell of a program.  They didn’t win, but Syd Fischer’s program (managed in part by Iain Murray) helped fire up more talented young Aussies than any other sailing initiative could have.    And now, according to an article in the Australian, Murray is back on track for another ‘young’ Cup challenger after being outbid by Oracle, ETNZ, and Artemis for Aussies Tom Slingsby, Nathan Outteridge, Glenn Ashby, and most likely Jimmy himself.

We know some of those boys used the Oatley-led challenge to bid up their own salaries with their respective expat team, and now after a couple of months of ‘silly season’, we’re guessing Murray’s just about had it with the ‘establishment’ Aussies; with the Cup more and more athletic, youth may be far more valuable than experience anyway.  And with the Aussies Olympic talent and their near-dominance of the top end of the foiler moth fleet, there’s no shortage of talent down under.

More importantly, Murray is hopefully signaling the Oatleys’ intent to challenge for more than just one cycle, with AC35 more of a training exercise than a real bid for victory against the massive favorite Oracle Team Everywhere.  One good practice run, and maybe they will really be ready to win.

Discuss it here.

December 10th, 2013 by admin

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Hamilton Island Race Week should be on every sailor’s bucket list, especially with this year’s inclusion of both a multihull class and even a little one-design action with the 5-boat McConaghy 38 fleet shown above in this nice Andrea Francolini shot.   It’s not for everyone; like Key West Race Week on our shores, Hammo is pricey and far from everywhere, but unlike Key West, HIRW lacks the dirty hookers, strip clubs, and drug dealers your crew might need…

Still not convinced?  Check it out from up high, and if you have a few hours to kill, mosey on over to the HIRW “TV” guide for some frighteningly long videos of each day’s action.  Title inspired by some side-splitting fun.

August 23rd, 2013 by admin

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