After showcasing the new GT50 at the 2019 Sydney International Boatshow, where she turned a lot of heads, Palm Beach Motor Yachts decided to keep the momentum going by heading North for Hamilton Island Race Week. David Rowell from Palm Beach’s Newport Office headed up in the GT50 for what was another ripper of a race week.
After approximately 1,000nm up the east coast of Australia, with pit stops in Coffs Harbour, Southport Yacht Club, Bundaberg and Yapoon, they finally reached Hamilton Island on Friday afternoon. Welcomed by a stunning line-up of seven Palm Beach Yachts moored side by side in the Marina, it was a grand arrival before gearing up bright and early for Saturday’s trials.
We were proud that the GT50 caught the eyes of local yachties and boaters, especially after blasting past Wild Oats X at 40 knots, which was skippered by CEO and founder of Palm Beach Motor Yachts, Mark Richards. The GT50 had a prime position right out the front of the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, where she received much love and admiration over her visit. Some guests headed out on board the GT50 for the afternoon for sunset, and with the awning up they enjoyed a few beverages while taking in an iconic view off the back.
Plenty of positive feedback flooded in after having a few people on board. It is always nice to hear positive feedback, which included remarks about “her sleek, clean lines and luxurious internal fit-out“, “her silence when cruising above 30 knots“, “the wrap-around windshield view“, and last but not least the electric side windows and large sunroof “providing a breezy yet comfortable open space.”
It was a busy time up at Race Week, with an estimated 2000 crew members on deck by 9am each morning, ready to head out to try and beat their personal bests. The GT50 was just off the bow of Wild Oats X most days with a watchful eye on Hooligan TP52, which is owned by one of Palm Beach’s most esteemed Aussie clients. Varying currents and strong winds put forward some challenging conditions, but nevertheless 233 yachts battled it out over six jam-packed days and brought forward a spectacular show. The GT50 followed close by and handled the conditions magnificently, even in ferocious and unpredictable swell.
Wednesday was lay day for the skippers and crew, so the guys loaded up the GT50 with three Flite Boards, Tim and Glen from Flite Board, a few of the crew and ladies from Wild Oats X and Hooligan and headed off for a fun day at Whitehaven Beach. The day was spent mastering the art of the new boards and hopping from Palm Beach to Palm Beach, along with relaxing aboard the 100 foot Azura Lollipop (or as the owner calls it, his Palm Beach 100.)
The final three days brought forward near-perfect race conditions, with Wild Oats X securing line honours in all 6 races while Hooligan TP52 was the overall winner for the IRC Division. Congratulations to all who competed in the races, it was an action-packed race week with the GT50, who received plenty of admiration while at Hamilton Island Race Week.