There goes that Little Red Boat! – Meltami at Hamilton Island Race Week 2007

The Meltemi mob went north again this year. For the third year running, we decided to pit our wits against the fickle tides and fast modern hulls at the Airlie Beach Regatta and then travel across the passage for the Hamilton Island Race Week. Meltemi is a 34 year old S&S 34. She has belonged to Jim Shannon for many years and lately has two new partners, Robert Gun and Fergus Keegan. Jim sailed her from her original home in Perth to Brisbane in 2000. Since then she has had many adventures along the Queensland coast with a crew of friends from throughout Australia, the UK and Ireland!! The Whitsunday odyssey began three years ago when her Brisbane crew was joined by old Western Australian friends to take her north for the regattas. They have come back for more each subsequent year.

Continue reading