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It’s possible to compete in Race Week using a chartered boat, and there are several options available.

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Spectator Charters

Sailors interested in competing at Hamilton Island Race Week in a chartered boat may be interested in the following information. Hamilton Island Enterprises including Hamilton Island Yacht Club has no financial or other connection with any of these groups, and we provide the information purely as a service to potential entrants.

Owners of yachts which are available for charter are invited to email the details to events@hamiltonisland.com.au  for inclusion on this page.

Prosail Maxi

Legendary Maxi Yacht "Condor" is available for individual or group bookings for charter for Hamilton Island Race Week 2017. This regatta will be Condor’s 10thconsecutive Race Week.  Take the helm, man the grinders and experience the thrill of sailing a maxi yacht. No experience is needed. Previous guests have ranged from first timers to experienced ocean racers. There is no age limit. We tailor your Race Week experience to suit your individual skill level. The week includes a snorkelling trip to the Whitsunday Islands. Check out our Race Week Page at http://www.prosail.com.au/go-racing.php for photos and video from Race Week 2008, 2009 and 2010. Condor won Cruising Division 1 in 2010 and finished third in 2011 so came and join the winning team for 2017.

Prosail’s 76’Maxi Hammer of Queensland is also available for Private Charter for Hamilton Island Race Week.

For further information contact Dave Molloy at operations@prosail.com.au or phone 0418 442 925


Sunsail is conveniently based opposite the Yacht Club on Hamilton Island and has a choice of quality yachts available to charter for Race Week.

For bookings or more information, contact Sunsail at sunsail@sunsail.com.au or phone 1800 803 988 or visit their website at www.sunsail.com.au

Open 66 Gusto 2 (Formerly AAPT / Xena)

Have the Race week of your life on Gusto 2 (formerly AAPT / Xena). This heavily modified 66-foot ‘skiff’ which has finished 2nd and 3rd across the line in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race plus multiple other race victories, is available for this years race week for up to 12 pax (we include a crew of 3). This is a unique opportunity to experience the ultimate week aboard one of the fastest and exciting ‘skiffs on steriods’. P.O.A we will take individuals and group bookings.
For more details contact Anthony@bigdogevents.com.au or 0401 363543

Volvo 70 “Southern Excellence II”

Southern Excellence (Ex Ichi Ban - 2005/06) has recently undergone an extensive renovation and rebuild. The yacht is now available for this year’s Hamilton Island Race week as a full charter.  Why not charter one the world’s greatest ocean racing boats for your Hamilton series and have your friends and colleagues trim the sails, take the helm or just enjoy the experience.

Limited accommodation is available aboard the yacht and all enquiries should be directed to the owner direct on 0412 252 952 or andrew.wenham@sesgroup.com.au

Flying Fish Australia

Flying Fish is a Sydney based sailing school offering sail training from "Start Yachting" to "Yachtsmaster Ocean". We also offer a range of race training and charter options for events including Sydney to Hobarts, Pittwater to Coffs Harbour, Rolex Fastnet Race, Cowes Week and Hamilton Island Race Week.

 To join a crew or to charter one of our race prepared Beneteau 40.7 yachts for one of these events email us on oz@flyingfishonline.com or call 02 9969 8590. Check our out website on www.flyingfishonline.com


EastSail’s is Sydney’s largest yacht charter and sailing school company offering Beneteau First 40’s for charter during Hamilton Island Race Week 2012. Surveyed for up to 10 crew and with a full inventory of racing sails, the Beneteau First 40 is a sleek, modern racing yacht. In 2010 an EastSail Beneteau First 40 claimed 1st place in the Performance Racing Division 2, and in 2011 3rd place.

For charter inquiries, please email eastsail@eastsail.com.au or phone 02 9327 1166

Visit our website at www.eastsail.com.au


Welcome to DreamCatcher, your classic sailing ketch that will transport you to a time gone by, when boats were built with not only travel but romance and adventure in mind.With her dual masts and elegant lines, DreamCatcher is a yacht evoking thoughts of traditional seafarers as they ventured forth, exploring and discovering.

For more information and booking details please go to www.whitsundayclassic.com

Venture Offshore

Venture Offshore specialises in race yacht charters and has cruiser/racers available for the Hamilton Island Race Week.

Enquiries to Chris Hogan on 0419 199 582 or chris.hogan@supergeneration.com


Panacea is a race rigged Beneteau First 40.7 currently available for charter. The Bruce Farr designed hull has been professionally 'faired' allowing an additional 5-10 deg to wind. Labelled ‘A Success Machine!’ the First 40.7 design has been campaigned successfully both inshore and offshore locally and internationally. Consistently finishing in the top of her class, the First 40.7 holds more titles than any other 40-footer on the water, from IMS World championship, to Sydney-Hobart overall, in IMS, IRC and RORC Championships events.

Enquiries to Peta Wilcox on 0424 612 458 or email pw@arc.au.com

Getaway Sailing

Getaway Sailing is a boutique sailing school; based in Sydney, catering for a range of sailing needs including training, yacht racing participation and yacht charters. Getaway Sailing offers a range of sailing and race training, from starting to sail (Introduction to Sailing) to advanced offshore racing and yacht master. Want to charter a Volvo 60 or Sydney 38 or join a crew racing on similar? We have the yachts for you.

For more information please contact Peter Goldsworthy (Goldy) or Polly Thomas at Getaway Sailing on Ph: (02) 91 811 911 or check out our website www.getaway-sailing.com

Mariner Boating Holidays - Shaya Moya

Mariner Boating Holidays is a Sydney based specialist in international and domestic yacht charter.

Shaya Moya - this IRC optimised Farr 40 comes complete with Carbon Bowsprit for optimal light air & shy reaching performance, she has been kept in top condition & represents excellent buying, New Non-skid on cockpit floor & saloon floor repainted December 2013.

For more details please contact Trevor Joyce or Lauren White 02 99661244 for full details or email to info@marinerboating.com.au

Bavaria 45 "Curlew Escape"

Curlew Escape is a 2 year old Bavaria 45 equipped for the Cruising Division. Included are race fees, insurance, spinnaker, fuel, wet weather gear, sailing yokes, harnesses, race skipper and GRMBPA permits for cruising on lay days.

Please contact Greg Luck on 0408 061 622 or gluck@curlewescape.com.au for more information or visit the website: www.curlewescape.com.au.

Pilgrim Sailing

Pilgrim Sailing offers individual spaces for Hamilton Island Race Week as follows:


  • On board a 58 luxury sailing yacht
  • All skill levels welcome
  • Supportive learning environment (YA instructor on board and several experienced sailors)
  • A different way to explore the Whitsundays with plenty of whale sightings as well
  • Training day on Saturday 19th August
  • Lunches and snacks on race days
  • Crew shirt and hat
  • Sailing instruction as required
  • Accommodation in 4-5 star shared apartment in a convenient location close to marina and shops (optional extra)

For more details see www.pilgrimsailing.com.au/hamilton-island-race-week.html or contact Clare on 0424296406 or via email at info@pilgrimsailing.com.au

Alani Spectator Boat

During Hamilton Island Race Week, spectators can enjoy a VIP experience on board luxury motor yacht Alani. You’ll have the opportunity to get up close to the action with sensational views of the surrounding islands and intricate racing start line.
Rates start from $280 per person for two hours and include complimentary sparkling wine, beer and a cheese platter.

To book, email Alani at bookings@alani.com.au, call 0488 424 222 or visit the Tour Desk.

Race rigged Beneteau First 40.7 - Wave Sweeper for charter

The Beneteau First 40.7 has been campaigned successfully both inshore and offshore locally and internationally. Consistently finishing in the top of her class, the First 40.7 holds more titles than any other 40-footer on the water, from IMS World championship, to Sydney-Hobart overall, in IMS, IRC and RORC Championships events.
Wave Sweeper highlights include; 

  • Winner Pittwater – Coffs Harbour
  • Winner Sydney to Southport
  • Winner Hamilton Island Race Week
  • Winner overall in the Cruising Yacht Club Hamilton Island 2018 club championships 

Plus, much more.

For more information please email dr@exploregroup.com.au or phone David Rose on 0408 192 055.

Hamilton Island Race Week - Race Start Cruise

Come on board M.V. Hamilton Star and be part of the action of one of Australia's favourite yachting events - Hamilton Island Race Week. The Race Start Cruise will board daily throughout Race Week from the 19th - 25th of August at 9.15am.

For more information please visit: http://www.exploregroup.com.au/en/unique-experiences/hamilton-island-race-week-race-start-cruise/