The first boat out was Wild Oats and the field was not crowded until the smaller boats got underway.
We think John Travolta must have flown in to see the end of the race as a Qantas jet – decked out in the company’s old colour scheme - flew into Hamilton Island cutting a path through the start line.
The Racing and Cruising Multihull Divisions were some of the last to start and the wind had dropped a little. However, before long the racing catamarans had quickly passed the majority of the monohulls already on the course.
After the start we moved to Henning Island to watch the yachts sail back up the course to the finish line.
To cap of a nice day we found an official race photograph online with Lucey Blue in the foreground as the last of the yachts sailed home.