SEA VIEW: Black Jack heading for the finish line in last year's Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race and will have a camera placed at the back of the yacht.
SEA VIEW: Black Jack heading for the finish line in last year's Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race and will have a camera placed at the back of the yacht. Mike Richards GLA150417BLACKJACK

Extra eyes for live stream of iconic race

YACHTING: There will be more live-stream coverage of more boats of the QantasLink 70th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.

That's because two extra cameras will add to the coverage at the start of the race on March 30.

Queensland Cruising Yacht Club general manager Nigel Statham said the six lots of cameras is an innovation that will showcase the iconic event to the world.

"Last year we had four cameras spread over a number of boats and going to have an extra two cameras this year, so a total of six chase boat cameras," he said.

"We've also got a camera on Black Jack and if all goes to plan, we'll also have a drone up in the air.

"We're going to be able to get a lot of extra angles and get some really good footage."

Statham said the live stream will start up to 90-minutes before the start of the race in what will be approximately a three-hour production package that all four corners of the globe can witness.

"We hope to get the boats around the first turning mark and heading out into Moreton Bay, but it's really hard to go out much further than that though because of the speeds of those fast boats would make it really difficult to actually continue all the way up the track," he said.

Statham said there was a lot of leg work done for the two extra cameras.

"It's a huge amount of preparation, co-ordinating all those camera men and obviously we need extra boats and they're not easy to come by themselves," he said.

"We need to get club members that are happy to use their boats on the day and chase around the track."

One of the cameras will be placed at the rear of Black Jack and Statham said the bigger power boats will have volunteers with the cameras to capture the larger views and follow the yachts up the race course.

"The little boats, they're sort of zipping in and out and they're really good for that pre-start time when we're trying to get around every yacht," he said.

"It's really important to us that we're actually trying to cover every boat in the fleet to make sure their families can see them on the big screen if you like."



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