PRESERVED IN TIME: Karron Hunt took this photo of the finish of the 1977 Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
PRESERVED IN TIME: Karron Hunt took this photo of the finish of the 1977 Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. Nick Kossatch GLA150317KARRONHUN

Big fleet in store for Brisbane to Gladstone race

YACHTING: On the back of the announcement that the 69th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race is to be streamed live, a Gladstone resident captured a moment in time.

Karron Hunt managed to take a photograph of the finishing stages of the race back in 1977 where Assassin took out line honours over Manu Moana and Devils 3.

"I had a Box Brownie back then, but have a better camera now,” Hunt laughed.

So what prompted her to take the photograph?

"We used to go to the midnight dawn dances at the Trocadero Hall opposite the hotel and I just went to watch the end of the race and so I took the photo,” Hunt said.

She found the photograph by chance and decided to contact The Observer.

"I was going through my photographs and thought that someone may be interested,” Hunt said.

Her passion for photography extends beyond boating.

"I like to take pics of families and of wherever we have been and I have also taken photos of my kids with their sports playing cricket, hockey and tennis,” Hunt said.

Meanwhile the number of entrants for the iconic race, which starts on Good Friday, April 14 in Brisbane, has been doubled on previous years.

Gladstone Regional Council Mayor Matt Burnett said the increase in numbers was an excellent indicator.

"Council was determined to return the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race to its former prominence as an iconic event,” he said.



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