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WISTARI Celebrating fifty years of race entries in 2018

Beat the Christmas rush to enter

Only nine sleeps to Christmas! Whats that got to do with the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race? Not much really, but what a great excuse to give yourself the Christmas present you really want, entry to the 70th anniversary event.


The 'Notice of Race' and its accompanying document, 'The Simple Guide to Entering the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race' are now both available on the Race website www.brisbanetogladstone.comtogether with a library of resources.


The first step towards getting on the start line is to complete an Application for Entry, send us a photo and pay the $50 application fee. The Application for Entry is an online form that will take you less than five minutes to work through. Once your Application for Entry has been accepted, you will be invited to begin your Full Entry.



Two courses to be held at QCYC

The Australian Sailing Safety and Sea Survival course is an essential learning forum for anyone who takes to sea, whether by sail or motor vessel, or for professional or recreational reasons.  The intensive two day course aims to deliver up-to-date information and current techniques in an interactive environment.  Included in the course are practical exercises where candidates will become familiar with the deployment and use of liferafts, and the use of inflatable lifejackets in a pool; plus a flare deployment practice.

The qualification is mandatory for a percentage of all crew members intending to enter the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. In the lead up to the race the club will be hosting two courses, one in February and one in March. 

Each course will be spread over four sessions, two evenings and one weekend day. Course cost is $600 per person. (Revalidation option available)

February Course
Session 1- Tuesday 20 Feb. 5.30pm to 9.30pm (QCYC)
Session 2- Wednesday 21 Feb. 5.30pm to 9.30pm (QCYC)
Session 3- Saturday 24 Feb. 8am to noon  (Lawnton Pool)
Session 4- Saturday 24 Feb. 1pm to 5pm (QCYC)

March Course
Session 1- Tuesday 6 Mar. 5.30pm to 9.30pm (QCYC)
Session 2- Wednesday 7 Mar. 5.30pm to 9.30pm (QCYC)
Session 3- Saturday 10 Mar. 8am to noon  (Lawnton Pool)
Session 4- Saturday 10 Mar. 1pm to 5pm (QCYC)

Revalidation requires attendance for Session 3 and 4 only

Training is provided by Mainstay Sailing and is an Australian Sailing Accredited Course

For bookings email or call the Office on 3269 4588


A course that is actually practical to boating

It is easy to find a first aid course to attend but much harder to find one that is actually relevant to the environment you are likely to be using the skills in. This Senior First Aid course satisfies the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race requirements and is essential knowledge for all boaters.

Saturday, 17th March - One day course at the Clubhouse

CPR revalidation also available. Training is provided by Mainstay Sailing.

For bookings email or call the Office on 3269 4588




Drone footage, extended footage and a guest commentator are just some of the things that will make the 70th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race the best yet.

"It's been planned to be a celebration of an iconic race and when I say iconic, it's actually been bestowed upon it and by the Queensland government, an icon of Queensland status," director of Cooper McKenzie Marketing, Grant Cooper said.

"A lot of people don't know that and as a sporting event, it's an actual icon of Queensland which is quite amazing."

Grant said things are well into the organisational stage "Already we have got 15 pre-entries " he said.

"One of the confirmed entries is Black Jack 100 which is going to be racing in the Sydney to Hobart and owned by Peter Harburg."

Grant confirmed that the Super Maxi Black Jack 100 will be one of the boats which will carry cameras for the live-streaming of the race.

Value adding to a more extensive coverage of the event will be commentary from Nic Douglass, from the Adventures of a Sailor Girl website.

"She's a confirmed commentator to be sitting alongside myself for the Good Friday commentating of the race," McKenzie said.

"We're really pleased to have her as a guest commentator and expert on the day."

Based on an article in the Gladstone Observer by Nick Kossatch 14th Dec 2017



If for some reason you cannot do the Surf to City on the 20th January ( as your qualifying race, and frankly why wouldn't you, you can also complete a qualifying passage.

Lady Helena is planning to do their passage to the old Gneering shoals on the 27th and 28th January to get the offshore miles up. If you were interested in the trip as a “cruise in company” get in touch with us and we will put you in touch with Ben, the skipper.



The Brisbane to Gladstone will be featuring as number of categories and divisions to race under
the winner of the IRC category receives the oldest perpetually awarded trophy in Australia, the Courier Mail Cup, and the honour of being classed the Race winner for 2018



the PHRF overall category will feature a new trophy for 2018 and a cash prize of $5000 awarded to the winner. Paid crew are not allowed in this category.

PHRF is divided into a number of divisions, including a Vintage Division for boats with 50 years of stories and a Shorthanded Division. 


if you want to race within a handicap system but like the idea of being able to turn your engine on if things get slow, this is the division to be in.



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Get in touch

Race Director Queensland Cruising Yacht Club PO Box 399 Sandgate QLD 4710 Phone: 07 3269 4588 Fax: 07 3269 0818