70th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

QantasLink 70th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

Don't miss the Official Yacht Race Trophy Presentations on the GPC Marina Main Stage from 5pm on Easter Sunday! 

One of Australia’s most significant and largest yacht race’s, the QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, enters its milestone 70th year in 2018. This iconic Queensland sporting event is an Australian Easter Weekend tradition with entrants from all around Australia and internationally annually setting sail from Moreton Bay on Good Friday.

The Brisbane to Gladstone has a rich history steeped in tradition that extends all the way back to its inaugural race held during Easter 1949. The first race featured just seven vessels, two of which had radios while the other five were supplied with pigeons from Brisbane’s Homing Pigeon Club to assist with position reporting. Birds were released twice a day.

The event’s first ever winner was Doug Perrins on the bow of Hoana with an elapsed time of 47hrs 08mins 25sec – a time that stood until 1955.

Since then, the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race has seen its popularity and prestige grow with hundreds of vessels competing for honours each year. The largest ever fleet was registered in 1998 for the Golden Anniversary of the race with 226 vessels and 1356 men, women and children setting sail.

In 2004, ‘Skandia' skippered by Grant Wharington set a new race record with a course time of 20hrs 24mins 50secs and an average speed of 15.09 knots. The record stands to this day despite the efforts of numerous attempts by more advanced and faster boats; to date the weather has just not been on their side. This year, local favourite ‘Black Jack’ will once again attempt to beat the record. The crew have come close before, but this year bring their new 100-foot super maxi that has been optimised for the expected race conditions.

In addition to the Grand Prix boats at the front of the fleet, there will also be a classic yacht contingent celebrating the 70th anniversary. Gladstone boat’ Wistari’ will be reaching her own historic milestone of 50 appearances in the Queensland race whilst the current record holder for the most races entered, ‘Laurabada’, will maintain her status with her 51st start.

With a fleet of up to 70 yachts expected, the organisers, Queensland Cruising Yacht Club, will be live streaming the start of the Race via the race website www.brisbanetogladstone.com and Facebook. Spectators can enjoy the festival whilst also getting a close-up view of the action on the water brought to their device live and free from six separate cameras, drones and a professional commentary team.

Will this be the year the race record falls?


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