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About Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

Race Week was conceived by David Hutchen in 1983, after he had moved to the Whitsundays with his yacht “Banjo Paterson” to start a yacht charter business. David was able to convince the then owner and founder of Hamilton Island, Keith Williams, to agree to hosting the event as a way of generating tourism and favourable media attention to the resort.

After eight years of having Race Week in April, it was moved to August in 1992 to take advantage of more consistent and attractive weather conditions. The change in timing has seen the event grow significantly over the years becoming Australia's largest offshore yachting regatta with approximately 250 boats expected to contesting the 25th Anniversary event in 2008.

Event History

Sailing around the IslandsA brief history of Hamilton Island Race Week and how it has grown to become what it is today. Learn more about where Hamilton Island Race Week has come from. Read more

Hamilton Island Guide

Yacht Club Villas holiday acommodationPerfectly situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, amongst Queensland's 74 Whitsunday Islands. Learn more about Hamilton Island and what's on offer for sailors during race week. Read more

Hamilton Island Yacht Club

Hamilton Island Yacht Club during Race WeekThe home of yachting on the Great Barrier Reef and an architectural gem perched beside the marina on Hamilton Island. The hub of Australia's largest offshore yachting regatta. Read more

Hamilton Island Marina

Hamilton Island Marina sailing boatsWith a full range of marina facilities and berths available throughout Hamilton Island Race Week. Find out more about the services available to Yachts during this event. Read more


Competing in Hamilton Island Race WeekWant to compete but don't have a yacht available. Check out the great range of charter boats primed and ready to race at this years Hamilton Island Race Week. All you need is a crew. Read more

Transport Information

Pulling down the sails during Race WeekArriving by sea or road, find out all you need to know before arriving on Hamilton Island. Book a barge or gather information for keel and trailable yachts arriving by road. Read more


Sailing with Spinakers during Race WeekCan't find it elsewhere on the site, then check out our Frequently Asked Questions. Learn more about living aboard your yacht during race week or whether the marina has wireless internet available. Read more


Pandora yacht competing at Hamilton Island Race WeekInformation on the sponsors that contribute to making Hamilton Island Race Week the largest offshore sailing regatta in Australia. Read more

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