STAR ATTRACTION: Black Jack heading for the finish line in the 2017 Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race.
STAR ATTRACTION: Black Jack heading for the finish line in the 2017 Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race. Mike Richards GLA150417BLACKJACK

Drones and more cameras for iconic race

YACHTING: Drone footage, extended footage and a guest commentator are just some of the things that will make the 70th Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race the best yet.

And one of the movers and shakers of the event - director of Cooper McKenzie Marketing - Grant Cooper is excited about what is to come of the race which starts on Good Friday, March 30.

"It's been planned to be a celebration of an iconic race and when I say iconic, it's actually been bestowed upon it and by the Queensland government, an icon of Queensland status," McKenzie said.

"A lot of people don't know that and as a sporting event, it's an actual icon of Queensland which is quite amazing."

McKenzie said things are well into the organisational stage and the entrant numbers are akin to the amount just days away from the start.

"Already we have got 15 pre-entries which is at this point in time is excellent and we would get this amount of entries closer to two week's out rather than five months out or three months out," he said.

"One of the confirmed entries is Black Jack 100 which is going to be racing in the Sydney to Hobart and owned by Peter Harburg."

McKenzie also said Black Jack 100 will be one of the boats which will carry cameras for the live-streaming of the race.

Value adding to a more extensive coverage of the event will be commentary from Nic Douglass, from the Adventures of a Sailor Girl website.

"She's a confirmed commentator to be sitting alongside myself for the Good Friday commentating of the race," McKenzie said.

"We're really pleased to have her as a guest commentator and expert on the day."

McKenzie said there is another commentator to join the team and will be announced soon.



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