Offshore Yachting : February March 2013
CRAIG GREENHILL / SALTWATER IMAGES AUDI HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK When: 17 -- 24 August Where: Hamilton Island, QLD Go for: The birthday bash. Stay for: Some of Australia's fiercest keel boat racing. The 30th Anniversary of Australia's premier keelboat regatta will be truly spectacular. Among other announcements, there will be a 'First Fleeters' division -- solely for yachts that were part of the 93-strong fleet at the inaugural 1984 regatta. The top tier racing is complemented by fashion parades, gala dinners and plenty of parties at Australian sailing's most glamorous event. Among other announcements, this year's Race Week has been shortened by a day. Stay tuned for plenty more exciting news. www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au MAGNETIC ISLAND RACE WEEK When: 29 August -- 3 September Where: Cleveland Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD Go for: A win if you didn't get one at Airlie Beach of Hamilton Island. Stay for: The homeward bound breeze to send you south. The third regatta in the QLD trio was developed to be a relaxed wind- down but has become an impressive race meet in its own right, featuring most classes from IRC to Cruising, Magnetic Island will satisfy any racer still hungry for a win after Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island. If you need an excuse for one more regatta, here's Bob Robertson, Commodore of Mooloolaba Yacht Club: "Spending more time on the Far North Queensland coast before heading south gives the breeze time to turn. Heading to Magnetic Island just makes good sense." 'Nuff said. www.magneticislandraceweek.com.au CHINA CUP When: October 2013 Where: Shenzhen, China Go for: World class competitive racing. Stay for: Admiring such a young yachting country's rapid development. In its seventh year, the China Cup is well-coordinated and extremely competitive, with yachtsmen and women from all over the world being shipped in for the event. If you enjoy a cruisy Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach regatta, this isn't the event for you -- it gets very serious on the racetrack with over 30 countries represented. The regatta is run primarily to showcase China's yachting capabilities to the world. Both the regatta and the yachting capabilities are duly impressive. www.chncup.com THE RAJA MUDA SELANGOR INTERNATIONAL REGATTA When: 15-23 November Where: Port Klang, Malaysia Go for: Getting off the beaten trail. Stay for: Rickshaw racing. The course for this offshore regatta parallels the coast of Malaysia from Port Klang to Langkawi, a distance of nearly 250 nautical miles -- but with an important difference -- the race is broken into three overnight legs with stops in Pangkor and Penang along the way. The social program that runs with the regatta is nearly as demanding as the racing itself, with one of the highlights being the inter- crew rickshaw racing in Penang. This regatta feeds contestants into the premier event on the Asian racing calendar, The Phuket Kings Cup. www.rmsir.com THE PHUKET KING'S CUP When: 30 November -- 7 December Where: Phuket, Thailand Go for: Experiencing an ideal warm- climate Asian destination. Stay for: The food and the people. Coinciding with the King of Thailand's birthday, the Kings cup is one of Asia's top sporting events. Although it's an extremely fun regatta, the racing is very tough, with competitive IRC, Multihull, and essentially anything that has a mast racing leeward/windward courses and island courses taking in some of the spectacular vistas of the Andaman Sea, not far from the Malacca Straits. Now in its 27th year, the regatta is a proven hit, with great food and drink available at cheap prices, plenty of social activity and plenty of extremely friendly locals. www.kingscup.com BAY OF ISLANDS SAILING WEEK When: January 2014 Where: Bay of Islands, New Zealand Go for: Amazing island formations. Stay for: Laid back kiwi vibe. RACE WEEKS 071 A well-organised and affordable regatta, especially for Kiwi yachties, Bay of Islands Sailing Week is one of New Zealand's most popular yachting events. Catering for all divisions, the event is run by a professional committee and an army of hardworking volunteers. Multihull aficionado Simon Hull has thrown down the gauntlet to Australians: "Bay of Islands sailing can be every bit as tropical and breezy as the Whitsundays. Come on all you owners and crew, how about making Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2014 a Trans Tasman challenge?" Doesn't that sound like a challenge worth taking up. www.bayofislandssailingweek.org.nz IN THE WAKE Top: Setting the kite on Optimus Prime at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Above: Yacht-skiing at Bay of Islands.
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