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Hamilton Island Race Week About

One of the world’s most famous yachting events, this annual event brings spectators and yachties from all around the globe to the Whitsundays for an exciting line up of on and offshore events.

Large schedule of races About

The week includes a range of events and classes, ranging from the Grand Prix class for top-class racers, to corporate, bareboat and non-spinnaker divisions.

Be part of a Hamilton Island tradition About

Hamilton Island Race Week was founded in 1983, and has been growing in popularity every year.

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About 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.