Following the destruction wrought by Cyclone Debbie just 5 months ago, Hamilton Island was back to its beautiful best for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week held in August, contested by 215 yachts from all around Australia.
Five J/Boats contested various divisions in the event including Stephen Everitt’s J/160 Salacia, Chris Morgan’s J/130 Ragtime, James Crowley’s J/122 Javelin, Norman Weaver’s J/122E Jazzamatazz and Tony Coleman’s J/133 Euphoria. Jazzamatazz and Euphoria both made the 1,000 nautical mile voyage from Sydney to compete in the beautiful warm waters of the Whitsunday Islands.
Euphoria’s overall win in the Racer Cruiser division was particularly notable. Competing against a very diverse group of yachts that included the previous year’s divisional winner (a Sydney 32), several Beneteaus, a very fast one-design canting keel 40ft racing yacht, three Melges 32’s and some other sports boats, Euphoria scored 3 wins out of 6 races in a variety of wind strengths that ranged from less than 5 knots to more than 20 knots over the week. As a result, Euphoria comfortably won the point-score for her division.
Euphoria has now built an enviable track record at HIRW having also won her division in 2011 and coming second on a count-back in 2015 when tied equal first on points. Her owner, Tony Coleman, also won at HIRW in 2003 with his previous Euphoria – a J/120.
It is also notable that a majority of Euphoria’s crew (six out of ten) are ladies – so she also became quite a popular boat at the various social events held on Hamilton Island during Race Week. Lots of fun was had by all !