Hungry for a win: Piranha and crew sail to windward. Photo Contributed by Marina Hobbs
Hungry for a win: Piranha and crew sail to windward. Photo Contributed by Marina Hobbs Contributed by Marina Hobbs

Crews preparing for Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

THE Gods must be crazy. For two weeks in a row now they've bestowed weather conditions that made sailing unsuitable with last weekend's sufferance coming in the form of a strong wind warning.

So, in this week's article, I want to let you know about the latest happenings at the PCSC leading up to what is arguably our biggest event of the year, the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.

The club will have three entries in the monohull race, including the iconic Wistari, skippered by Scott Patrick; Jeff and Janet Paul's Farr 30 Immigrant, historically a very competitive and successful boat; and, last but by no means least, Ben Meir's fast Bavaria 38 Match Piranha.

Ray Hobbs and his crew will be representing the club in the multi-hull race onboard No Problem, his Schionning Waterline 1160, a fast, light cruiser-racer catamaran.

These owners, their families and crew members are putting in hours and hours of work to have these boats well primed for the race and delivery trip to Brisbane.

There's an old saying amongst sailors; keep your eye on vessels going home! With a little club rivalry aside, let's hope this hard work pays dividends for the skippers and crews representing our club. More news to come, watch this space.

In other news, our clubhouse has recently had some significant changes, both upstairs and down.

Upstairs the dining area adjacent to the kitchen has been remodelled with a new stage area which gives a wonderful, open feeling.

The addition of the new gaming room downstairs has also been completed and is open for business.

Club manager Brian Dawson is eagerly waiting to put these new areas to the test with the swarms of patrons over the period of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.

Tomorrow, if the weather Gods are suitably appeased, racing will start at 2pm for the second Ocean Racer Chaser Series Race.

For more information about upcoming sailing events see our website at gyc.com.au.



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