Hamilton Island Race Week
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 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, spinnaker packing, hoisting, trimming, gybing, dropping and broach recovery.
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 a Beneteau 40.7
The week will be skippered by one of our friendly, qualified and experienced instructors. You train and compete on board one of our Beneteau 40.7 race-tuned yachts.
The 'apres sail' activities at Hamilton Island offer something for everyone. Fine wining and dining, cheap eats, cocktail parties and great bands.
Training, racing, crew shirt.
Our price does not include accommodation on board the yacht.
You can book a private cabin on board as an optional extra for $950 for 10 nights.
If you prefer a little more comfort we recommend you make arrangements to stay in one of the many fantastic resorts on the island.
Before you start
We recommend you have completed a Competent Crew certificate or have equivalent experience.
If you haven't done much racing before you should join us for Introduction to Spinnakers and Racing to learn a few tricks of the trade.
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.
Ian Horrocks - Hamo 2018 and 2019
Once again your organisation has provided a sensational experience for race week. The sailing this year provided excellent opportunities to learn and enjoy some close quarters racing in quite challenging conditions.
Phil Thuaux - Hamo 2019
Just wanted to say a big ‘Thank You’ to you all for putting on a great week of sailing at Hamilton Island last month. I was really pleased with the way Flying Fish had the week organised, and how it was managed day to day. Your relaxed approach both on and off the water was fantastic, and catered well for a broad mix of experience amongst the participants on the boat.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.