After a two-year hiatus, Hamilton Island Race Week delivered a week of impeccable sailing conditions, with good breeze, flat water, and sunshine amongst some of the world’s most spectacular places in the world. The intensity on the water remained uninterrupted through to the final race, with Doyle-powered yachts dominating the results.
Division Zero provided some of the most spectacular viewing of the week with supermaxis Andoo Comanche and Hamilton Island Wild Oats often tangled in boat-on-boat, match race style battles, synonymous with yachts half their size. However, ultimately it was Duncan Hine’s RP 66 Alive that excelled under pressure to take the overall IRC and ORC win on 8 points, one point ahead of rival Whisper.
Doyle Sails expert Will Tiller was on board for the week and commented, “It was an awesome week. Pretty challenging conditions and tough courses, but we had a great battle with the Whisper throughout, which came down to the final race. The Alive team is stoked to come away with the chocolates, and we look forward to racing again later in the year!”.
In Division 1, it was Max Klink’s Botin 52 Caro that delivered the ultimate master class, ultimately being crowned the IRC winners for 2022, two points ahead of fellow Doyle-powered yacht Matador. Caro’s scorecard showed three race wins, three second’s and a third, which after seven races was dropped as their lowest place ending the week on nine points. Caro also enjoyed being named ‘Boat of the Week’.
Caro recently arrived in Sydney from St Barths, where before Hamilton Island Race Week, the new yacht and crew only had one week of sailing and two offshore races to their name, all in heavy air. The owner and crew were confident but cautious ahead of the week, expecting a big learning curve as they continued to get to know the boat, but ultimately falling on the right side of the ledger.
David Doherty’s TP52 Matador (previously Secret Mens Business) is no stranger to the highly competitive 52 fleet, primarily with Sydney-based boats. However, this year’s regatta bought seven 52s to the Whitsunday’s, six of which chose Doyle Sails.
Division 0 IRC
5th Andoo Comanche
Division 1 IRC
3rd Ichi Ban*
4th Secret Mens Business
*Partial Doyle Sails Inventory
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