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Australia's largest offshore sailing regatta Hamilton Island Race Week

Every August, spectators and yachties from around the globe sail to Hamilton Island for Hamilton Island Race Week - Australia’s largest offshore keelboat regatta.

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A carnival of events Hamilton Island Race Week

The week also includes a full and diverse calendar of onshore events, including lunches and dinners presented by renowned chefs, fashion, live music, wine tastings, food stalls and more.

Hamilton Island Yacht Club Hamilton Island Race Week

The Hamilton Island Yacht Club and Marina are the home of the regatta during this exciting week - perfect spots for watching the races, and coming together with other racegoers.

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Download all Hamilton Island’s press releases relating to the event, and learn more about specific event highlights.

Welcome to Hamilton Island Race Week 

17 - 24 August 2024

Hamilton Island Race Week is one of Australia’s favourite yachting events and a firm fixture on the international sailing calendar. Competitors, family and friends come together to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and unique camaraderie of the event’s on-water and off-water carnival. Every August, spectators and yachties from around the globe sail to Hamilton Island for Hamilton Island Race Week - Australia’s largest offshore keelboat regatta. 

Perfectly situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, amongst Queensland's 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.

Sailing north for Hamilton Island Race Week? Why not register for the Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race here.


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Enjoy savings on a range of accommodation options this Race Week, with our Winter Saver Offer. Get 20%* off when you stay 3 nights or more at the Reef View Hotel, Palm Bungalows, or Beach Club.

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What time is the first race on the first day?

It is common practise for a number of crews to fly in on the day of the first race. Unfortunately flights from most destinations do not arrive until midday or later. This will be too late to get onboard your boat for the first race. The start times on other days will vary, but will generally be between 1030hrs and 1130hrs.

Can I live aboard my yacht during Race Week?

Yes, and you'll have lots of company. Each year hundreds of yachties live aboard, and the marina is a lively place. There are showers and toilets ashore which you can use.


Can I enter more than one handicap class?

No. Yachts may enter for one class only.


Can I change handicap class after I have entered the regatta?

Yes, you can change to a different handicap class (provided your boat is eligible) at any time up to the day before the racing starts. Should you wish to change class, just send us an email to let us know.


I need to book a marina berth?

No, lodging your entry alerts us to the fact that you are coming, and gives us the dimensions of your boat. The marina staff works out a mooring plan to fit the boats into the marina, but there's always a degree of rafting involved. We do try to put all the relevant groups of boats together as much as possible - such as all the boats of a particular class (for example the Farr 40's, the Beneteau's, etc).

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