Race earns sailors? praise
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THIS year's Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race may not have been the fastest in history, but it was still "the most enjoyable race in Australia'' according to the crew from AAPT, which took out line honours for the mono-hull fleet.
AAPT navigator David Sudano said it had been a good race, and the slower-than-usual pace had allowed the crew to enjoy the sights along the coast.
"We had between 12 and 14-knot breezes most of the way and we were able to take line honours, so we were very happy,'' he said.
Mr Sudano said while other crews struggled with rain and hail, the AAPT craft had steady sailing throughout the trip, arriving at the Gladstone Marina about 10pm on Saturday.
Raw Nerve took out the multi-hull fleet line honours, arriving at 8.26pm on Saturday, while The Observer's editor Mat Ovenden eventually crossed the finish line in South Passage, which arrived just before 7am yesterday.
But it wasn't all smooth sailing for this year's Harbour Festival, with the weather causing some havoc with crowds for the Festhouse.
Gladstone Festivals and Events general manager Judy Whicker said crowds had been disappointing to the main events, with only 79 people turning up for headline act Taxiride's performance on Good Friday night.
For a full wrap-up of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race see page 16 of today's Sports Liftout