Black Jack leads yacht race

THE 62ndannual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race has gotten off to a fly start, with race favourite Black Jack ahead of the pack.

Race director Herb Prendergast said Black Jack was quick to get out of the bay, while other race favourite Spirit of the Maid got caught in the back of the pack.

“It was one of the quickest starts in years,” he said.

“Black Jack exerted her authority early on. In fact, she did the first leg of the course in 20 mins.”

Mr Prendergast said the first leg of the course, from Shorncliffe in Brisbane to Redcliffe Point, was four miles.

He said Spirit of the Maid was six minutes behind.

Gladstonecrews Piranha and Wistari are keeping with the pack, with Wistari at the tail end of the pack in 43rd place at 1.10pm and Piranha in 16thplace.

According the race’s tracking system, Immigrant had not left Shorncliffe.

The Observer has been unable to get ahold of Immigrant owner Jeff Paul, however Mr Prendergast said the boat did start in the race.

The majority of the yacht were around Moreton Bay at lunchtime today.



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