Jeff Paul, skipper of Immigrant, says the Brisbane to Gladstone race is completely different to the Keppel race, and yachts will still flock to it.
Jeff Paul, skipper of Immigrant, says the Brisbane to Gladstone race is completely different to the Keppel race, and yachts will still flock to it. KERRI-ANNE MESNER

Organiser scoffs political banter

BRISBANE to Gladstone yacht race organiser Herb Prendergas has written off Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter’s prediction the Brisbane to Keppel event could become the most important event in the region as mere political banter.

Mr Carter suggested that many sailors “would much rather be in a Brisbane to Rosslyn Bay race than a Brisbane to Gladstone race.”

The Keppel event is a feeder race for the upcoming Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island race.

Prendergas said there was a place for both races in the sailing calendar, and the 62-year-old Brisbane to Gladstone would not affect the growing popularity of the Keppel race.

“The following for the Brisbane to Gladstone won’t be diminished,” he said.

“We did a survey of the 57th and 58th editions of the (Brisbane to Gladstone) race and the feedback indicated that it was the most favoured yacht race on the east coast of Australia.”

Harvey S Morgan’s Immigrant’ skipper Jeff Paul competed in both races.

“They’re two different races at two different times for two different purposes,” he said.

“The Brisbane to Gladstone has a consistent, strong breeze and it’s very fast and furious, while the Keppel race is a winter race with light and variable conditions, so it’s nowhere near as exciting.”



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