Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 was the 30th anniversary of the event and Allusive was lucky to have some very good friends as crew who all competed with enthusiasm and a high level of skill. By the end of the event we all were getting a feel for the boat (and the big kite). The event was the calmest in history with winds mostly below 10 knots and getting to know where the currents were and how the breezes were affected by the islands played a big part in where you finished in the fleet, with our finish positions(and handicap) improving dramatically towards the end. Out of a fleet of 34 in cruising Division 2 we finished as low as 32nd and as high as 5th, with a final position in the top half. We were happy with this.
Di and I were joined by Tim and Sue Gourlay, Alan and Carol Hardman, Annette and Andrew Fullard for all six races and Tim Freeman for three.
There were 6 Tassie boats entered this year and we all enjoyed a Tassie night out together.
Piers and Sarah Findlay purchased an Elliot 7 sight unseen and sailed it to within half a point of winning their division.
Rodney and Chris Smart won the non spinnaker Cruising Division 1 in Smart Choice
An incredible effort by the Tasmanian crews.