The aim of the new Hayman Regatta, to be staged between August 30 and September 4, is to bring a uniquely different event to the reach of the crews of the widest possible fleet of offshore racing yachts.
Setting this regatta apart is the fact that it is an event where the owners are feted while the crews sample a magnificent regatta and Five Star venue at an affordable cost.
Of the many social highlights during the week the standout is the Yacht Owners' Dinner, an open-air candle-lit dining experience in the resort's formal garden that is exclusive to the yacht owners and their partners. Hayman Managing Director Lloyd Donaldson hosts the evening which provides a wonderful opportunity for networking and building friendships with other yacht owners.
The Awards Ceremony on the final evening of the regatta is another high point. It is a spectacular Five-Star sit-down barbecue and buffet among palm trees adjacent to the island beachfront. A focal point is the glittering array of trophies and the stunning championship trophy, an abstract crystal sail that is awarded to the overall winner and which goes on permanent display in the foyer of the resort.
The legendary Chef's Table set in the largest kitchen at Hayman is another regatta highlight. Here Hayman's Executive Chef joins yacht owners, crewmembers and their guests for a never to be forgotten banquet. Between main course and dessert guests are taken on a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen and visit the extensive wine cellar which ranks among the best in Australia.
Hayman is Australia's most awarded international Five Star resort. It is located on the northernmost island among the 74 in the region. Incredibly, 68 of these islands are uninhabited.
The fact that Hayman Resort cost over $300 million to build more than a decade ago and has regularly been refurbished since then gives a hint as to what you can expect when it comes to onshore atmosphere. If you envisage a tropical botanic garden that cost millions of dollars to develop with a low-rise resort offering sweeping views across one of the most magnificent sections of the Whitsunday Passage then you can get the feel. Add to that fine dining in first class restaurants that could have been transplanted from Europe and Asia, and the best of Five Star service, and you really get the picture.
The concept behind the Hayman Regatta evolved from the more appealing attributes of some of the world's foremost regattas. Apart from racing on the waters of one of the most beautiful sections of the Whitsunday region there is the special benefit for competitors of having almost the entire fleet assembled on the single arm of the floating marina within the man-made Hayman Harbour. It makes for a very intimate atmosphere where fun and strong camaraderie is the foundation for a great event. This mood spreads to the award winning resort which has only 214 rooms in total, including penthouses.
The competition involves seven races, four short windward-leeward courses over two days on the sheltered waters of the Whitsunday Passage and three other races of between 30 and 40 nautical miles that loop around the many islands that are in close proximity to Hayman. There is a lay day included for rest, relaxation and a competitor get together on the beachfront.
During the period of the regatta the warm waters of the region are a haven for 15-plus metres long, 40 tonne humpback whales that migrate from the seas around Antarctica to calve at this time of year.
Crew and guests of competitors can enjoy any level of the Hayman experience during the regatta. The special accommodation packages available to competitors, their family and friends offer everything from the ultimate in internationally acclaimed Five Star accommodation through to opportunities for crew on limited budgets.
The Notice of Race and regatta details are at the regatta website at the address below.