Sailor keen for her first Brisbane to Gladstone race
THE 2015 QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, the state's oldest, will set sail on Good Friday.
The fleet has grown this year, at a time when ocean races are being cancelled because of a lack of entrants.
Emily Scott, crew member on one of the expected front runners, Kerrumba, said races like the Brisbane to Gladstone presented different sailing situations compared to the usual day bay races.
"Whether it be the forces of nature making things just that bit more challenging (and rewarding), or simply the beauty of sailing by moonlight," she said.
"And of course the sense of accomplishment and celebration for the whole crew when you cross the finish line."
In last year's race, the challenge wasn't too much wind, it was a complete lack of it.
Trimmer Rod Pym said a large part of the fleet had fallen victim to a "total glass out".
"The entire crew and boat had sailed well until the wind died and we drifted for some 12 hours before retiring," he said.
"Nonetheless, it was great fun."
This year Rod's objective is to sail as fast as possible without breaking the boat.
For Rod, the boat Mayfair, a Beneteau First 40, is the big rival, while for Emily, undertaking her first Brisbane to Gladstone, it is about beating her good friends on Black Jack and Immigrant.
As bowman, Emily wants to nail the sets, drops and sail changes and a classic blue water ocean race remains the best place to do that.
More information about the race is available on the official website here.