Audi Australia’s managing director, Uwe Hagen, has presented a brand new Audi A1, valued at $45,000, to the Tasmanian-based skipper of a Melges 32 class yacht, “2 Unlimited”, following the closing ceremony of the 2012 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

Greg Prescott is the skipper of the Melges 32, “2 Unlimited” and is a member of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.

Prescott, a veteran of 27 Sydney to Hobart yacht races, and his crew convincingly won their division of the 2012 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, following a week of competitive sailing in the Whitsundays, and in order to be crowned the overall winner of the event, tactician Darren Jones did the team proud, proving himself to be the most-consistent driver at the Audi Final Drive Challenge.

The Audi Final Drive Challenge event is the ‘leveller’ for all 12 division-winning yachts.  Best described as a test of cunning and consistency in a unique driving event, the Audi Final Drive Challenge is designed to test the skill of the yacht owner or a member of the crew at the wheel of an Audi R8 sports coupe on a specially-designed gymkhana course at Hamilton Island airport.

One of Audi’s highly-experienced driver trainers, Nathan Pretty, put the crews through their paces on the airport during the lay day of the event. Some 115 people tested their mettle in Audi’s R8 performance coupe in an effort to win the Audi A1 major prize.

The $45,000 prize – a superb ‘Misano Red’ Audi A1 Ambition is the most valuable prize offered for any Australian sailing event this year.

After making the most of last night’s series-end celebrations, Greg Prescott commented, ‘The regatta just got better and better for us’, referring to the exciting surprise, winning the Audi A1 grand prize.

The Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Ambition is a 90 kW vehicle that features a dual clutch S-tronic transmission for lightning fast gear changes and excellent fuel economy. The actual prize car will not only look the part, it will offers many features including 17-inch V-spoke alloy wheels, a media package that includes Bluetooth phone preparation and music streaming, a BOSE sound system and a ‘Legends’ interior and exterior styling package.
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012, was held from 17 – 25 August, and was open to a wide spectrum of sailboats – from sport boats to cruising yachts, cruiser-racers and Grand Prix level keelboats, plus high-performance multihulls. The fleet of 165 + yachts tackled a week of light winds and sea fog, along with the addition of several playful baby whales and their watchful parents.

Twelve divisions battled it out on the stunning Whitsunday Islands sailing courses. Congratulations to the division-winning yachts and their crews:

Grand Prix Class A, Hooligan (TP 52), skippered by Marcus Blackmore
Grand Prix Class B, Victoire (Beneteau First 45), skippered by Darryl Hodgkinson
Grand Prix Class C, Jessandra II (Corby 36), skippered by Roland Dane
Performance Racing Division 1, Ichi Ban (Farr 400), skippered by Matt Allen
Performance Racing Division 2, Young Rebel (Young 11), skippered by Paul Young
SB20 class, Club Marine (SB20), skippered by Glenn Bourke
Cruising Division 1, Scaramouche (X 43), skippered by Graham Smith
Cruising Division 2, Psycho II (Bavaria 39), skippered by Philip Bates
Cruising Division 3, Sandstone (Jenneau Sunfast 36), skippered by Mike Davies
Non-spinnaker, Temeraire, (Dufour 325), skippered by Les Batchelor
Melges 32, 2 Unlimited (Melges  32), skippered by Greg Prescott
Melges 24, Concubine (Melges24), skippered by Jason Ward
Supermultihull, Team Vodafone Sailing (Orma 60), skippered by Simon Hull

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