Sailors brace for icon yacht race

EASTER is upon us and sailor’s thoughts are turning to the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race which starts Good Friday.

The Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (CCYC) and the Multihull Yacht Club of Queensland (MYCQ) stage simultaneous events, as both mono and multi-hulled yachts follow the same route up the coast to Gladstone.

This year, in the 63rd Brisbane to Gladstone Mono hull race, 47 yachts will compete side-by-side with 16 multi-hull yachts in the 47th Annual Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull Race.

In 1963 the QCYC invited multi hull owners to compete in the annual event. Three yachts entered and one completed the race. In 1965, 12 multihull owners decided to form a club, the beginnings of the MYCQ, and organised their own race separate to the monohulls, after an almost identical course and running on the same day.

The Multihull race starts off Manly in Waterloo Bay at 11am and after crossing the start line, yachts head for a turning mark between Green and Catalina Islands, then sail out into Moreton Bay and turn north to Caloundra.

The Mono hull race, in the waters off Shorncliffe, has a later start time of midday this year, due to deeper water required by some of the larger yachts competing.

As the yachts approach Tangalooma, the two races converge and fleets will be mixed as they head to Gladstone and both fleets will sail the same distance of 308 nautical miles.

This year also marks a change from racing on Mono hulls to competing in the Multihull division for Ray Hobbs.

He is supported by a crew of experienced Port Curtis Sailing Club (PCSC) sailors in John Ibell, Maria Mohrholz, Muriel Strahm, and with youth and vigour in Ben and Carli Hobbs and Michael Noy. No Problem is not the first PCSC multi hull yacht to compete in the race.

Club member Gordon Myers won the event in 1984, ’85 and ’86 in his yacht Escapade. Gordon hopes to be at the finish line to greet No Problem and crew.

In the mono hull race PCSC will be represented by Immigrant, with her well-travelled crew of Jeff and Janet Paul, David Taylor, ‘Loco’ owner and skipper Jon Drummond, Ian Chapman, Kevin Handley and Laura Warlow. Immigrant faces stiff competition in her division with a number of Farr 40’s, and Farr 30’s competing in the event.

The best position to view the finish is at the Noel Patrick Memorial in Spinnaker Park.

See coming editions of The Observer for updates about the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.

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