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Yachting Australia announces the Australian Yachting Championship

 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015 - Photo Credit: Andrea Francolini
Yachting Australia today announced a new name for what was known as the IRC Australian Championship and confirmed the locations of this premier yachting regatta for the next four years.

IRC Australian Championship; four winners declared

Hamilton Island IRC Australian Championship 2015 - Division A winner Team Beau Geste. Credit Craig Greenhill, Saltwater Images
Four champions have been declared at the end of the pinnacle Australian IRC series at Hamilton Island; two existing titleholders continue to reign in their class and two new champions join the small band of winners dating back to the year 2000.

IRC Australian Championship Geste about wrapped up

AHIRW2015 Local Hero leading IRC passage - Photo credit: Andrea Francolini
It’s the business end of the IRC Australian Championship at Hamilton Island and it appears two current national champions are on target to keep their titles.

Breezy & bumpy IRC Australian Championship day four

AHIRW2015 Wild Oats - Photo Credit: Andrea Francolini
Swell and a breezy day four at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in the Queensland Whitsunday islands tested crew work and produced exciting downwind rides, but also contributed to a couple of nasty collisions among the multihull fleet.

High pressure challenges for IRC Australian Championship

AHIRW2015 fleet finishing off Hamilton Is Yacht Club - Photo Credit: Andrea Francolini
A weak ridge of high pressure hanging over Hamilton Island turned the wind gauge down and the colour metre up at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week on day three, Tuesday August 18, 2015. A warm sunny day with light south sou’easters put the IRC fleet into yet another phase – flat water and frustrating light air sailing.

On the trail to sailing heaven

AHIRW2015 Helsal aground off Dent Is - Photo Credit: Andrea Francolini
Day two at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week gave all crews a little respite after the first day straight out of the blocks in challenging conditions. While the IRC fleet sailed windward/leewards on the Eastern Course, the remaining divisions enjoyed sublime conditions, starting their races in an 8-12 knot south-easter from Dent Passage and winding around various deserted and inhabited islands.

IRC fleet switches mode for the Australian Championship

AHIRW2015 islands race start from Dent day 2 - Photo Credit: Andrea Francolini
The IRC Australian Championship fleet switched modes on Monday to short round-the-buoys racing off Hamilton Island.

Brilliant conditions for IRC Australian Championship opener

AHIRW2015 Bob Quest division B winner Molle race - Photo Credit: Andrea Francolini
Brilliant sailing conditions on day one of the IRC Australian Championship inflated adrenaline levels and threw the less practiced straight into the deep end at the 32nd Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in the Whitsundays.

Boxes ticked for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015 start

AHIRW2014 Cruising start from Dent Passage - Photo Credit: Andrea Francolini
Hamilton Island Marina cleared awaiting influx and race committee boats fueled. Tick. Cool rooms stacked with food, 10 tons of beer and 10 tons of bagged ice. Tick. Gardens manicured, paths swept and champagne glasses polished. Tick. Audis in place and gleaming. Tick.

Classic battles loom at the Hamilton Island IRC Australian Championship

Matt Owen Local Hero - Photo Credit: Andrea Francolini
Matt Owen, the CEO of Canberra Yacht Club, doesn’t need many excuses to get out of the chilly capital city in August, and this year the Hamilton Island IRC Australian Championship is the bonus offering at the prestigious annual Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

Sisterhood alive at Hamilton Island IRC Australian Championship

Aerial Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014. Credit Andrea Francolini
The Hamilton Island IRC Australian Championship is drawing a top notch field across all divisions, from the two Reichel Pugh 66’s recreating past fiery encounters and the growing number of TP52s under new ownership through to the aged warrior, Roger Hickman’s 30 year-old Wild Rose, defending its IRC title.

Peter Gilmour makes guest appearance at WA IRC Championship

Pete Gilmour - Photo Rick Steuart Perth Sailing Photography
The forecast of rapidly building north westerly winds to 30 knots has led to the postponement again of the two windward leeward races that had been rescheduled for Sunday the Nineteenth of July as part of the Pantaenius Western Australian State IRC Championships.

Black Jack Too Wins 2015 IRC Qld State Titles

Black Jack Too, winner of Qld IRC State Titles 2015. Courtesy Mike Kenyon Sports Photography
The Queensland IRC State Titles concluded on Sunday 5th July with light winds forcing competitors to take full advantage of sail control and tactics to be in front of the fleet. Saturday's events started with Black Jack Too, Corum and Gauntlet leading the competition after the first day’s racing. The second day saw light breezes with swifting winds averaging only 5 kts.

Boettcher's back for Hamilton Island IRC Aus Champs 2015

Geoff Boettcher's Secret Men's Business in action at last year's Hamilton Island Race Week. Picture: Andrea Francolini
Most owners left last year’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week tired, tanned and happy after a week of winter Whitsunday racing, appreciating their boats would be safely delivered or trucked home.

Hamilton Island backs pinnacle IRC Australian Championship

As well as staging this year’s IRC Australian Championship, Hamilton Island is backing Yachting Australia’s premier IRC event as naming rights sponsor.

2015 IRC Australian Championship heading to Hamilton Island

Picture: Andrea Francolini
Yachting Australia is pleased to announce the 2015 IRC Australian Championship will be heading to Hamilton Island.

Champs crowned at Audi IRC Australian Championship 2014

Picture: Andrew Francolini
Two crucial final races off Newcastle’s Stockton beach on Easter Sunday completed the eight-race Audi IRC Australian Championship and three new national champions have been crowned.
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