Close racing on the way back from Lindeman Island in the first day of racing at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Photo credit: Andrea Francolini
The Lindeman Island Race was the perfect entree to a week of promising winds and fine weather for the 195 entrants contesting Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.
The leisurely 23.3 nautical mile race provided a gentle ease into the week long racing program that has one again attracted boats and crew from all over Australia and overseas.
This afternoon, many divisional winners are pleased but not crowing about their performance on the track as consistency over the seven days of competition is typically they key to end-of-week spoils and the chance to be called to the stage at the official trophy presentation next Saturday evening.
Tony Coleman from Euphoria defied the best advice for how to succeed racing under Performance Handicap and picked up a win in Performance Racing Division 2. “They always say the wrong thing to do is win the first race,” Coleman said of his unexpected victory.
“We had a lovely day, everything seemed to go our way. We weren’t expecting a win but we’ll happily take it” Coleman added. His J133 yacht is American built and one of only two in Australia.
John Hatch’s A40 Viking, borrowed from Yeppoon, proved a worthy loan, delivering its international crew a win in IRC Class B despite the entire crew only setting foot on the boat for a first training sail yesterday afternoon.
In the Audi IRC Australian Championship, which will be decided at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Marcus Blackmore’s IRC Class A grand prix division win today in Hooligan has given him a little more breathing space, over the 2010 champion, Stephen Ainsworth’s Loki.
In Class C there’s no room for error with a tiebreak separating Peter Sorensen’s The Philosopher’s Club, another former Audi IRC Australian Championship winner, from Andy Kearnan’s L’Altra Donna.
Results from today’s Lindeman Island Race at www.topyacht.net.au/results/2011/ahirw/series/index.htm