EVERY year the South Passage takes a crew from Brisbane in the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, but this year Gladstone residents could get their turn.

South Passage Gladstone representative Dale Coward needs to secure the places for the race and return journey with sponsorship from local businesses.

The crew for the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race needs to be over 18 but, he said, disadvantaged youth would benefit hugely from the trip back to Brisbane after the race.

SET SAIL: The crew of South Passage wants to take Gladstone residents in this year’s Gladstone to Brisbane Yacht Race.
SET SAIL: The crew of South Passage wants to take Gladstone residents in this year’s Gladstone to Brisbane Yacht Race. Contributed

Gladstone resident Michael McAullay and his daughter Josie, 15, got a place on board the vessel last year for seven days on the return trip to Brisbane.

Their duties included general housekeeping, putting up sails and taking the helm of the boat.

"It's just great for self-development and learning. It definitely puts some people out of their comfort zones," Mr McAullay said.

Mr Coward said the personal and professional development program was well structured.

"The participants don't really know that they're in a personal development program. It's like they're just on a sailing adventure," he said.

"They learn so much about themselves and working with others and responsibility."

Sponsorship of $1500 gives you:

  • Sponsorship of an employee or a nominated deserving Gladstone citizen to be on the race crew in the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race
  • One day of pre-race training in Brisbane
  • Sponsorship of one of Gladstone's disadvantaged people aged 14-18 years on a five-day personal development experience
  • Return travel from Brisbane to Gladstone
  • If you are a local business and interested in sponsoring a young person or adult, email dale.coward@gmail.com before February 19


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