Biddy Hu II’s family affair makes it a century for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014 22 Jul It’s a century already for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014. The list of entries has topped 100 and is continuing to grow at an impressive rate. The yacht that took the fleet into triple figures was Biddy Hu II, a Beneteau 49 cruiser-racer out of Melbourne, owned by real estate agent, Paul Lindemann. This will be his second Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, but he intends making this one quite different from the first: it will be an all-family affair. “My wife and three young children will be aboard for the cruise all the way from Melbourne to the Whitsundays,” Paul explained. “We’ve never done anything quite like this before, so we’re planning to take our time – about a month – to cover the distance and make sure we enjoy every part of it.” Four friends will be joining the Lindemann clan for the 1500 nautical mile passage north to the tropics. It will include two “adventures” – meandering through more than 60 nautical miles of the Gold Coast Broadwater and across Brisbane’s Moreton Bay, and later, covering 30 nautical miles north from Gladstone through The Narrows, a channel between the mainland and Curtis Island which is only navigable at high tide. “The fun of getting to Hamilton Island for Race Week will almost match the fun we’ll have when we get there,” Paul declared. “We’re going to make the best of it because this is the first time in 19 years of being in business that I’ve taken two months off to really enjoy myself, and share it with the family.” Paul is also looking forward to a showdown at Race Week: he will be renewing a keen rivalry with John and Kim Clinton, and their famous Oceanis 50, Holy Cow. “We are great friends and the keenest of competitors,” said Paul. “Currently the score on the race result sheet is nine-seven in our favour, and we are determined to keep it that way. We’ve had the wood on ‘The Cow’ in recent times, so I hope we’ll be able to maintain our superiority at Hamo.” Paul added that he expected Audi Hamilton Island Race Week to become an increasing part of his sailing program in the years ahead: “We love the atmosphere – it’s the best. We’ve done a lot of ocean racing in recent years, but now it’s primarily the fun sailing that we are after … regattas where the parties are as much a part of the week as the venue, and the keenness of the competition.” Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014 will be staged from August 16 to 23. The regatta is open to the full spectrum of keelboats, sport boats and multihulls. The Notice of Race, entry form and regatta information are all available on the regatta website – www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au German luxury brand, Audi, is back for the ninth year at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in 2014. Audi and the sport of sailing go hand in hand, thanks to a shared passion for winning performance, the use of lightweight and progressive materials in construction, and a love of spirited competition. In Australia, the Audi brand closed 2013 with its ninth consecutive year of growth, supported in part by the Australian sailing community. Throughout Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014, the brand will host a range of events and activities on the island for yacht owners, yacht crews and guests to enjoy. For additional information please contact: Rob Mundle Promotions Manager, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014 email@example.com Phone: + 61 (0)417 323 573 or + 61 (0)7 5527 1126 BOOK YOUR AUDI HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK ACCOMMODATION: A wide range of accommodation is available on Hamilton Island, from the free-standing Palm Bungalows to the Reef View Hotel, the beachfront Beach Club or the absolute luxury of qualia. Holiday homes suited to self-catering are also available. For bookings please call 13 REEF (13 7333) or email firstname.lastname@example.org Image captions follow: Biddy Hu II is the 100th entry for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014. Paul Lindemann and his young family will be cruising 1500 nautical miles from Melbourne to the tropical Whitsundays to be at the regatta. Hamilton Island Yacht Club – the Challenger of Record for the next America’s Cup match – will be headquarters for all the action at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014.