Australia’s most coveted lifestyle event, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, will hit the shores of Hamilton Island from August 19 to 26, 2017. And I’ve been very kindly invited up there for a a few days next weekend to give you a peek at all the action.

After devastating Cyclone Debbie hit the island, it has gone to great lengths and effort to get back to business as usual.

Hamilton Island will be transformed into a hub of activity, playing host to Australia’s most competitive sailing competition and an exceptional line-up of social events to celebrate the best of the Australian lifestyle.

Now in its 33rd year, the iconic event is renowned for bringing together professional and amateur sailors, families, foodies, celebrities and style leaders for a hectic week full of incredible events and festivities, against the picturesque backdrop of the Great Barrier Reef.

The 2017 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is an extremely important milestone for Hamilton Island following on from Tropical Cyclone Debbie earlier in the year. The event will bring together locals and visitors to celebrate the island’s resilience and revival.

Hamilton Island’s CEO, Olympic and world champion sailor, Glenn Bourke, said that the support for this year’s event will be seen as a huge ‘thank you’ to the island’s 1200 staff.

“One of our first priorities after we emerged into the outside world and saw the carnage the cyclone had wreaked with its 260kph winds was to establish goals,” Bourke said, “and one of the highest on the list was for us to be ready for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.”

“Within days of the cyclone we had our 1200 staff and 300 contractors from the mainland combining their energies and initiating the recovery process. It goes without saying that our wonderful staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everything possible is in readiness for Race Week. I’m sure the sailors and Race Week visitors will appreciate their efforts as much as the island’s owners, the Oatley family, and I do. At the same time I want to thank everyone visiting us for Race Week for their wonderful support.”

Premium automotive brand, Audi, returns this year as principal partner of the event for the 12th year running. In addition to creating exceptional experiences for customers and investors on Hamilton Island, the company in collaboration with Hamilton Island, will host several of its diverse portfolio of ambassadors including Race Week veterans, Collette Dinnigan, Matt Moran, Kylie Kwong, Shannon Bennett and Guillaume Brahimi.

“We are extremely proud to play a role in bringing this progressive and very premium event to Australian audiences,” said Paul Sansom, Audi Australia’s Managing Director.

“The combination of competitive yacht-racing, inclusive onshore activities and exclusive social events makes AHIRW one of Australia’s best lifestyle events. It’s my first year at the helm of Audi Australia and this event is a standout within the Audi world. The success of this year’s event is down to the dedication and hard work of the Hamilton Island staff – and the best way to show our appreciation in the face of recent adversity is to ensure it’s the best year yet!”

To date, over 200 boat entries have been registered to compete and this number is set to soar with predictions of even reaching the previous record fleet of 240 entries in 2016. While the racing takes place, on shore, there will be an exciting line-up of activities that are open to the general public along with ticketed and VIP events.

Hamilton Island will be working with Beard Season’s Jimmy Niggles and QIDERM to offer free skin checks to sailors throughout the event – a first for Race Week. Paspaley will return this year with their exclusive pop up boutique at the Yacht Club and Audi will offer a unique off road driving experience on island in the all-new Audi Q5 SUV, as well as complimentary transfers around the island in its fleet of brand new Q5 vehicles.

The full schedule of 2017 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week activities can be viewed at hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au

Source: Hamilton Island Race Week