Inaugural Hamilton Island Race Week: 1984

Sandy Peacock--a Sydney-based advertising agency owner who was at the first Hamilton Island Race Week in 1984 working as a yachting journalist and photographer--found a long-forgotten box of images from the Australian event. This year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will be held Aug. 17 to 24. Click here to view photos from the 2011 event.

The leaping "Gherkin": Jack Rooklyn's maxi, Apollo, affectionately known as "The Gherkin", bursts through a wave during the inaugural Hamilton Island Race Week in 1984.Sandy Peacock/Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Heading for a knockdown: Jack Rooklyn's maxi Apollo struggles in a strong breeze during the inaugural Hamilton Island Race Week.Sandy Peacock/Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Galatea (G. Savage) shows how not to lower the spinnaker during the inaugural Hamilton Island Race Week in 1984.Sandy Peacock/Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
One giant leap: Peter Briggs' Hitchhiker on her way to the top of the podium – the champion yacht at the inaugural Hamilton Island Race Week.Sandy Peacock/Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Syd Fischer's maxi, Ragamuffin, harnesses a tropical trade wind off Hamilton Island using a blooper as well as a spinnaker.Sandy Peacock/Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Dinghy jousting was part of the lay-day entertainment.Sandy Peacock/Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
The fleet at rest: The crew of Joe Goddard's Inch by Winch – one of the 93 yachts at the inaugural Hamilton Island Race Week – relax on the foredeck post-race inside Hamilton Island's harbour.Sandy Peacock/Audi Hamilton Island Race Week