Day two of Hahn Premium Race Week, Hamilton Island, Australia

Four classes within the Hahn Premium Race Week Regatta – Big Boats, IRC, Sydney 38 One Design and Performance Handicap Class – faced an 85-nautical mile Coral Sea race for the second day of racing amongst the picture-postcard conditions around the Whitsunday Islands on Sunday. Premier Cruising and IRC Cruising had a shortened course of 60 miles ahead of them, in what were the two longest races of the regatta.

No records were broken in the 10-12 knot breeze which originally came from the south for the 8am start of the race and clocking around to the east in the afternoon. For those still out on the water in the early hours of the evening lighter winds and trying tidal conditions proved testing for those on the home stretch, with the last yacht coming into the marina just after 2am the following morning.

The maxi’s top three line honour placings were a carbon copy of the previous day’s racing with Skandia Wild Thing continuing her winning streak, but not before having to deal with a spinnaker handling error at the beginning of the race, followed by New Zealand super maxi Konica Minolta just over three minutes behind and Bob Oately’s Wild Oats following 36 minutes later.