Hamilton Island 2019 has been run and won.
Held every year since 1984, ‘Hammo’ as it has become known, continues to grow from strength to strength. This year’s regatta was the second largest in terms of numbers of participating boats (234) racing across 14 divisions, with 40 different courses that could be sailed – which certainly kept navigators on their toes. Sailing around some of the 74 islands of the Whitsundays provided participants with stunning scenery on all the courses, in warm sunny conditions with 18-23 kt breezes on most days providing ideal sailing conditions. Participating boats ranged in size from the 66’ Wild Oats X to trailer boats and multi hulls.
The Squadron was well represented at the regatta and there were many notable performances from Club Members: Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan (pictured above) won IRC Division 1 (in fact all the skippers in IRC Division 1 were RSYS Members.) Ray Roberts, Team Hollywood, won IRC Division 2 (with a perfect score, winning every race). Charles Curran's Sydney took 1st in Blue Division and David Henry on Sweet Chariot placed 3rd in Orange division. Many other RSYS Members participated in the regatta on board other boats and had a great time at the regatta.
Article by Declan Brennan
Photo by Salty Dingo