THE charge towards line honours for the Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull Yacht race is on well before the beginning of the race, yet it may be that the handicap honours will be just as interesting.
With 18 crews nominated, so far, for the 308 nautical mile journey, the handicap race seems to feature more possible winners than the race for line honours.
Assistant organiser Jim Stubbings believes the result could be decided by minutes, and also hopes for a few more last-minute entries, before nominations close on April 4.
"We have a firm number of 18 - with the likelihood of more," Stubbings said.
"I was talking with the race director and he said there could be a couple more."
A Performance Handicap (PR) winner in last year's event, Gladstone's No Problem is the only Gladstone boat entered so far.
Chasing a second successive title, the task will be difficult for both the PR and the Offshore Multihull Rule (OMR) handicap.
"There is huge competition for the handicap, a whole lot of boats that could win," Stubbings said.
While the race for line honours also will be fierce in the event's 50th year, it seems a race in two is the likely outcome.
Trimaran BOQ Australia currently holds the race record of 16 hours 28 minutes.
It will be pushed all the way this year by Team Vodafone.
Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull
- What: 50th year of race
- Begins: Friday April 18, 11am
- Where: Moreton Bay, Brisbane
- Finishes: Gladstone Harbour, Gladstone
- Entries: 18, No Problem the only Gladstone boat so far