Tall ship berths in Gladstone Harbour to help yacht race
GLADSTONE marine pilot Liz Datson will be skippering Queensland's tall ship South Passage in this year's Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
Several Gladstone volunteers will also help crew the 30m, replica gaff-rigged schooner in the 20th year it has participated in the iconic race.
The magnificent tall ship will serve as the race's "mothership" and radio relay vessel, and while in Gladstone it is hoped the vessel will help attract interest from prospective participants and sponsors for South Passage youth development program Adventure under the Sail.
South Passage Board member Barry Moore said more than 150,000 Queensland youths from schools and community organisations had already benefited from an adventure experience on the schooner where their teamwork, responsibility, resilience, respect, fitness and self-management skills have been fostered.
While high school groups make up the majority of Adventure under the Sail participants, he said the organisation also regularly hosted special interest youth groups aboard such as sea cadets, scouts, PCYC, youth leadership groups, and sporting bodies that were seeking training and team-building opportunities with a difference.
Meanwhile, South Passage was also seeking sponsorship to help subsidise participants and to cover operation and maintenance.
"As a volunteer organisation run on a not-for-profit basis it relies heavily on sponsorship and funding," Mr Moore said.