Hamilton Island Race Week - Luxury Yacht
Experience the magic of Hamilton Island Race Week from the deck of a luxury yacht. Perfectly situated amongst Queensland's Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers fabulous trade wind sailing conditions in a tropical paradise.
The Flying Fish programme begins with two days of race training around the stunning Whitsunday Islands to give the crew a chance to familiarise themselves with the boat and to settle into roles before the regatta.
During the training days you learn about race crew roles, navigation and tactics, spinnaker handling and safety procedures.
Calypso will race in the cruising division. We always aim to do well but our number one priority is to make sure everyone on board feels involved, learns something and enjoys being part of the crew.
Hamilton Island Race Week is a day sailing regatta. We generally depart the marina by around 10 am and are back by 5 pm.
- Thursday - Arrivals
- Friday - FF crew training / registration
- Saturday - FF crew training
- Sunday - Short Around-the-Islands race
- Monday - Short Around-the-Islands race
- Tuesday - Short Around-the-Islands race
- Wednesday - Lay day - Shore side activities
- Thursday - Short Around-the-Islands race
- Friday - Short Around-the-Islands race
- Saturday - Short Around-the-Islands race
Location and sailing conditions
Sailing in the Whitsunday's at this time of the year is spectacular. You can expect fresh trade winds, azure blue tropical waters and stunning white sandy beaches.
Expect to see dolphins, whales, dugongs and of course Flying Fish!
Race on Calypso
The week will be skippered by one of our friendly, qualified and experienced instructors. You train and compete on board our luxury yacht Calypso, a Moody 54 deck saloon.
The 'apres sail' activities at Hamilton Island offer something for everyone. Fine wining and dining, cheap eats, cocktail parties and great bands.
Tuition, certification and logbook (if required).
Life-jackets and safety harnesses are provided. We can loan you wet weather clothing if required.
Single sex, shared cabin accommodation is provided. There are 3 bathrooms on board.
Book a private cabin
Enjoy the privacy of a private cabin for a surcharge of $2000.
We provide food on board from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day.Crew take it in turns to cook.
We do our best to cater for both vegetarians and meat eaters.
Before you start
No formal qualifications are required but your sailing and navigation skills should be at RYA Competent Crew level or equivalent.
Your new found spinnaker handling skills and knowledge of race techniques will help you get race crew positions both inshore and offshore.
With a little offshore experience you will be ready to join Flying Fish for the Sydney to Hobart Race.
Learn some tricks of the trade so you can be safe on the race course. Racing with spinnakers is exciting but it also presents new risks. Flying a kite requires the crew to perform a number of tasks in the correct order.
Hamilton Island Race Week is one of Australia’s favourite yachting events. Perfectly situated amongst Queensland's Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers fabulous trade wind sailing conditions in a tropical paradise.
The world famous 628 mile Sydney Hobart Race has become an iconic 'must do event' on every serious sailor's bucket list. Each year around 130 yachts come together to do battle with the competition and with the elements.
The Sydney Harbour Regatta is Australia's premier inshore yacht racing event. The exhilarating race programme on the water is matched only by the fantastic 'après sail' social scene at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.
The world famous 628 mile Sydney Hobart Race is renowned for being the Everest of amateur yacht racing. Each year around 130 yachts come together to do battle with the competition and with the elements.
This passage meets the requirements of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for crew qualification for the Sydney to Hobart race. It is also a great milebuilder for aspiring Yachtmasters.