After a two-year hiatus the internationally acclaimed regatta at Hayman Island, in the Whitsundays, is to be revived as a result of enthusiastic support from yacht owners across Australia.
The general manager of the Five Star Hayman resort, Lloyd DONALDSON, has confirmed that subject to current sponsorship negotiations reaching their anticipated successful conclusion what will now be billed as 'The Hayman Regatta' will be staged from Monday, August 30 through to Saturday, September 4 - immediately following Race Week at nearby Hamilton Island. This means that yacht owners and crews competing in the Whitsundays in August this year will now have a choice of anywhere between one and three regattas to contest - Hog's Breath Race Week out of Airlie Beach, Race Week at Hamilton Island and now the Hayman Regatta.
Previous regattas at Hayman have been deemed unique in presentation both on and off the water, so much so that sailors who have competed at the world's leading regattas see Hayman was among the best. Already the owners of more than 15 highly competitive yachts in Australia have signalled their desire to attend this year. And the head of Nautor Swan in Australia, Michael Bell, has promised that a prestigious prize will be awarded for Swan yachts competing at the Hayman Regatta.
The owners of two of the hottest yachts in Sydney, Geoff ROSS (Yendys) and Matt ALLEN (Ichi Ban) are among those to have declared that the Hayman Regatta is on their sailing calendar. "It's the northern regatta I'm working towards this year,"
said Ross. "I'm really looking forward to it. It's a special event, unlike anything in Australia."
The accolades Hayman has received following previous regattas have been exceptional. Prominent English yachtsman Hugh Agnew, who raced aboard British entry Aera, said: "This series is the best of everything we've come to know over the years. It has the intimacy of Nioularge in France, the scenery of Sardinia, the breezes of Antigua and the challenges of the tides of Cowes. It's the best."
Australia's Iain MURRAY said "Does it get any better - great regatta, great harbour, great resort."
Sir James Hardy lent his support, saying "the best regatta I had been to was at the Aga Khan's Costa Smeralda in Sardinia. This series is better."
Organisers have said that the Hayman Regatta will be open to the widest range of offshore yachts, however it is possible that the size of the fleet will be limited by the accommodation capacity of the resort. The regatta will be promoted overseas as well as in Australia. All the most popular features of previous regattas at Hayman will be retained, including the magnificent Yacht Owners' Dinner in the resort's Formal Garden. There will be special accommodation/meal packages arranged to bring Hayman's Five Star experience within reach of the crews.
Hayman, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, confirmed its standing in the world of luxury accommodation in 2003. Included in the many awards the resort received were - The Best Luxury Accommodation/Hall of Fame at the Australian Tourism Awards; The Best Hotel/Resort in Australia at the National Travel Industry Awards; being included in Elite Traveller's 'Pure Decadence' list, and being recognised in the World's Top 100 by the UK's Conde Naste Traveller.