Barry Austin has spent many hours tracking Brisbane to Gladstone yachts, waiting to update the map of the race at the Gladstone Yacht Club.
Barry Austin has spent many hours tracking Brisbane to Gladstone yachts, waiting to update the map of the race at the Gladstone Yacht Club. Mike Richards

Barry has big weekend in office tracking racing yachts

MOST people would need a stiff drink after 60 hours at the office, but Barry Austin resisted the temptation despite spending the entire Easter weekend tracking racing yachts.

The volunteer spent almost 60 hours over Easter at the Gladstone Yacht Club waiting for the entire Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race to arrive.

Ensconced downstairs at the club's tracking set-up, Austin was most concerned with keeping the large map on the wall updated.

And he wouldn't have it any other way.

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Of course, the computer in the same area was telling Austin where the boats were, but the 75-year-old has been doing it the old-fashioned way for years.

"I have known the board since 1960 - it was put together then," he said. "We used to put it up in shop windows."

This edition of the race kept Austin on deck for a huge amount of hours, the slow going keeping the volunteer from his quiet refreshments, which were waiting when the job was done.

More than happy to be up to date on the race himself though, Austin kept a keen eye on proceedings, more informed than when he first began and information was only available every six hours.

"In the first race they had homing pigeons," he laughed. "I have been here all day; they won't sack me."

Austin was keenly keeping locals updated, especially on the progress of local boats.

Gladstone Yachts:

How the local entrants finished the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

Monohull: Arcadia: 2 days 22 hours 23 minutes 6 seconds; Wistari: 3: 9: 31: 14; Restless: Retired; The Fat Controller: Retired

Multihull: No Problem: 2: 22: 27: 40



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