The excitement of Hamilton Island Race Week is almost upon us! In a matter of weeks, yachting enthusiasts from all over Australia will flock to the island to take part in the keelboat sailing regatta.
Seamlessly pairing Australian yachting with the best in local food, wine and entertainment, Hamilton Island Race Week caters equally for keen yachties and spectators alike. The lineup of onshore events will entertain anyone who is eager to keep their feet firmly planted on the ground with an array of delectable lunches, relaxing spa days and breathtaking island scenery. Meanwhile, those who want to take to the seas can charter yachts to experience the action first-hand. Partaking in race week is like holidaying in your own little oasis; the event inspires style, spirit and luxury. Read on to find out what this extraordinary event has to offer enthusiastic sailors, and those wishing for a friendly yet relaxing getaway.
Arrive in VIP style via private jet
As is to be expected, Hamilton Island is abuzz with activity during the lead up to, and duration of the race. The airport and marina have a constant thrum of people moving about which can be stressful to navigate. Don’t risk putting a damper on race week by kicking off your holiday on the wrong foot! Arriving by private air charter will ensure that you step onto the island with zero hassles, and in VIP style. Begin the festivities with a relaxing glass of champagne, aboard your elegant jet, as you gaze out at the crystal blue waters upon your descent onto the island. Now that’s a start to a getaway that we all dream of – bliss!
Hire a yacht to immerse yourself in the race action
Arriving by private jet doesn’t mean you will miss out the action in the water! There is a range of beautiful yachts available to spectators for charter throughout the event. Some are even equipped for first-time sailors with no previous experience yachting. So pop on your boat shoes, don your hat and get out onto those clear blue waves!
Engage in decadent champagne luncheons
Australia’s top chefs will grace the island’s five-star restaurants during race week, creating delightfully exquisite meals to excite the taste buds. Think champagne and crudites in lush green gardens, and cocktails sipped at dusk by the shore, with the sound of waves lapping peacefully in the background. It’s the slice of paradise you’ve been dreaming of!
Bask in the sunshine
When race fever becomes too much, retreat to one of the island’s secluded beaches and bask in the sunshine. You might even spot a humpback whale in the midst of calving season! For those wishing to explore the ocean, there is also a range of snorkelling and diving tours which will take you amongst some of Australia’s most breathtaking coral reefs, and exquisite sea creatures.