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Offshore, east of the islands it was
brewing. A building weather moment of
wind and rain rolling in, in its own time,
developing into a force no one could’ve
imagined until it finally made landfall
smashing into the Whitsundays before
crashing onto Airlie Beach with a ferocity
the like locals had never seen before.
Devastating would be an
understatement to say the least. Cyclone
Debbie did just about everything. That is,
everything but lift the tourist recreation
islands off the ocean floor.
She came on like a worst nightmare
and blew the cripes out of Daydream
Island, Hayman Island, South Molle and
Hamilton Islands, so much so that both
Daydream and Hayman have shut down
for a year while they rebuild.
Meanwhile Airlie Beach copped a
battering with yachts blown ashore, the
waterfront beaten and shaken, services in
disarray and no power for thirteen days.
Hamilton Island looked like a war zone.
The Keith Williams creation and the
Oatley family’s crown jewel had definitely
seen better days. In fact, for Sandy Oatley
and Island CEO, Glenn Bourke it was pretty
much back to the drawing boards as they
came to grips with the massive restoration
project that lay in front of them.
With the renowned Hamilton Island
Race Week just months away a mighty work
force has been employed to get the island
back to some sort of semblance ahead of
what is widely accepted as Australia’s best
“In the context of what we have endured
I am happy with the way things have moved
“ We’ve come a long way since Debbie
coursed through the Whitsundays. The
marina is taking shape with two arms
complete. We’ll be able to accommodate
the many entrants. The gardens are
rejuvenating and I think they’re better
than before. The trees are growing back
and we are operating at about thirty three
percent,” Bourke said.
It’s business as usual as marinas are re-
constructed, private residences have been
repaired or renovated, accommodation
upgraded, services reinstated and gardens
and tree scapes rescued and/or replanted.
A monstrous operation indeed.
Three hundred tradespeople are
working their fingers to the bone to get
this premier destination back on its feet
providing tourists with a first class holiday
experience and of course turning a buck
back into the island.
The harbour took a beating but, being
in the lee of the ravaging storm, escaped
the worst of it. Some finger wharves broke
their moorings as did many luxury boats.
A and B arms were demolished and had to
be rebuilt in time for Race Week and Front
Street copped a bit of a hiding.
Those returning to Race Week should
prepare themselves for a bit of island
shock. This beautiful island is akin to a
bashed up Wallaby after a trouncing by a
storming All Blacks in another doomed
Bledisloe Cup clash.
The entry list is down on previous
years. Just four weeks out officials had
received some 174 entries. Pretty good
considering the devastation caused by
However, the question remains, is the
AHIRW entry declining because sailors
are finding the Airlie Beach Race Week
experience followed by the Magnetic
Island event a better alternative with more
From a scenic point of view many of
the HI courses are some of the best in the
world for yacht racing.
Just eight boats make up the premier
division, IRC Racing and include Wild Oats
XI, Black Jack, Maserati, RKO and the best
handicap chance, Swish for Steven Proud.
Seventeen boats make up IRC Passage
while 15 fill the gap in Racer/Cruiser.
The Cruising Division brings 67
entrants to the competition and the
ever growing interest in the multihull
classes continues to grow with each year
attracting a total 30 entrants mostly from
Ten Trailable yachts have trundled up
the bitumen to join in the fun and fabulous
competition of this most enjoyable regatta
staged on some of the world’s most
Let the good times roll!
h Patrick ‘Tenpin’ Bollen.
Hamilton Island Race Week 2017
Front row seats: spectators at the edge of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week action.
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