LISTEN: Sailing on impulse for big fleet this weekend
SAILING: The Port Curtis Sailing Club is the place to be today and tomorrow with the Impulse State Championships.
With the backing of Downer and Monkey Fist Marine, the quality of racing is expected to be high where there will be a fleet of 30 from as far as Tweed Heads and north to Yeppoon.
Gladstone will be represented with a fleet of 15.
There will be six races across the weekend made up of three today from 1pm and three tomorrow from 11am.
Leading Gladstone sailor David Mann said several from the port city are good chances of being near the top.
"There is three Gladstone boats that are in for a real shot at the major trophy for the weekend and they are Scott Patrick, Josh Young and Dave Cue," Mann said.
"We will also have a great chance in the female division with Maria Mohrholz and junior with Mathew Eiser."
Mann added an excellent vantage point will be Spinnaker Park or the Quoin Basin race area depending on shipping during the racing times.
Cue is looking forward to favourable conditions where winds are expected to pick up tomorrow.
"We just sail to the conditions, but I think this weekend is forecast for 10 to 15 knots and maybe a little bit more on Sunday," Cue said.
"The lighter winds favour the lighter and the heavier winds favour the heavier sailors.
"I'm a lighter sailor so I like the 10 to 15 knots."
Electronic engineer Cue grew up in Yeppoon and sailing has been an on-and-off passion.
"Sailing the Impulse has only been a couple of years back in the game so, but I had a bit of a break when I was a teenager," Cue said.
"I'm really enjoying this boat and it sort of suits all ages and it certainly suits some of the older guys as well because it is a little bit more stable."