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Nautilus Marine Insurance on the start line for the 39th Hamilton Island Race Week

Nautilus Marine Insurance is pleased to continue its support of the acclaimed Hamilton Island Race Week.

Nautilus Marine Insurance is now into the third year of its partnership with Hamilton Island Race Week, which is set to take place on 17-24 August. The 2024 regatta marks the 39th year of Hamilton Island Race Week, with sailors and supporters from all around Australia and the world flocking to the Whitsundays for a week of exhilarating racing and on shore festivities.

Lyndon Turner, CEO of Nautilus Marine Insurance, always looks forward to attending Race Week. “Hamilton Island Race Week is Australia’s most prestigious keelboat regatta and the perfect opportunity to show Nautilus Marine Insurance’s support for the sailing community,” says Turner. “The team at Nautilus Marine Insurance and the organisers of Hamilton Island Race Week share the same passion for sailing and enjoy seeing everyone participate in this magnificent sport. Nautilus Marine Insurance is very proud of being able to support Hamilton Island Race Week, and to also support boat owners all over Australia with quality coverage and security.”

Denis Thompson has been the Regatta Director of Hamilton Island Race Week for over 15 years and rates every year as “memorable”. “To see maxis powering down Dent passage while the skippers throw them around like dinghies is definitely a highlight. The huge fleets of racers thrashing around the courses in 20 knots is also a sight to behold,” says Thompson.

Thompson also pointed out the sheer variety of courses available at Hamilton Island Race Week. “The Tuesday schedule is a great example. We have the Nautilus Marine Insurance Classic Long Race and the Nautilus Marine Insurance Classic Medium Distance Race, plus windward/leeward and short around the island races, all on the same day. The location has an almost perfect mix of trade winds and currents to ensure a lot of choice for a race officer, and a lot of satisfaction and excitement for the sailors.”

One of the largest fleets racing is the Hamilton Island Class, where 80 of the 170+ regatta entry list will compete in four divisions. Like all competitors at Race Week, crews in the Hamilton Island Class are known to be competitive racers and to enjoy themselves on shore. Lee Condell is a well-known offshore racer and is the owner of Performance Boating Sales in Sydney, importer of the French brand Jeanneau. “Jeanneau is always well represented at Hamilton Island Race Week and 2024 is no exception. Many in the Jeanneau fleet race in the Hamilton Island Class and there is everything from a large Jeanneau 53 to a race designed Sun Fast 3300. All the owners and crews are just as competitive though!”

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Photography by Salty Dingo courtesy of Hamilton Island Race Week.