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75th B2G Line Honours winners Celestial with Skipper Sam Haynes holding the Citizens of Gladstone Line Honours Trophy.

Media Release 9 April 2023
Brisbane Lights Up for 75th B2G Civic Reception


๐Ÿ’™โœจ How wonderful to see the City of Brisbane lit up last night in the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club colours of blue and yellow to commemorate the 75th edition of the Brisbane to Gladstone. The Story Bridge, City Hall, Victoria Bridge and Reddacliff Place all looked incredible. Thank you to the Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner for his support of this momentous race!
Images: Jennifer Tunny Brisbane At Night ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Saturday, 5th March – Brisbane.
Tam Faragher is back in 2023 with his one-of-a-kind design ๐™†๐™š๐™ง๐™ช๐™ข๐™—๐™– and is hoping to lift the silverware in this anniversary 75th @gladstoneportscorporation Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race but admits possibly the yacht and crew are now more focussed on fast/cruising than the flat-out racing focus of the early 2010s. โ€œWith the recent fit-out of furling headsails and ducted air conditioning, the Crew are more likely to gather in the saloon for a โ€˜briefing and Nespressoโ€™ than go for a perfect gybe-set,โ€ said Tam.
However, we canโ€™t help but feel that Tam is trying to lull us into a false sense of expectation, as ๐™†๐™š๐™ง๐™ช๐™ข๐™—๐™– has some serious racing pedigree and the pace to be a genuine Courier Mail Cup threat.
A one-off design by Jason Ker and built by McConaghy in China, ๐™†๐™š๐™ง๐™ช๐™ข๐™—๐™– has a lifting keel for the shallow waters of Moreton Bay and Manly Marina and a twin rudder setup, allowing for her to be sailed hard with lots of cloth in the air and remains in control.
Whilst ๐™†๐™š๐™ง๐™ช๐™ข๐™—๐™– has completed eight B2G races, missing only one, Tam has only missed two races in the last 20 years. When asked if he had fond memories of previous B2Gโ€™s, Tam replied,
“Early in my racing career, with my L-plates on, I was bowman on Graeme Woods Helta Skelta. A late call to hoist the spinnaker near the Fairway buoy, saw me frantically organising the perfect set – until I was hoisted up along with it!โ€
Good luck ๐™†๐™š๐™ง๐™ช๐™ข๐™—๐™– and we look forward to having a Nespresso or two with you at the other end.
Catch the start of the historic Gladstone Ports Corporation 75th Brisbane to Gladstone as it is streamed live & free on @kayosports Freebies, on the B2G Website and right here on Facebook from 10 am Good Friday, April 7th, thanks to the @gladstoneregionalcouncil‘s Easter in Gladstone.
Friday, 3rd March – Brisbane.
In a further addition to our extended coverage plans for the momentous ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฑ๐˜๐—ต ๐—•๐Ÿฎ๐—š, ๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฌ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐˜ ๐—–๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฏ (QCYC) is also thrilled to announce ๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐——๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ (๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฎ โ€˜๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—š๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—นโ€™) – who has been a part of the B2G live stream commentary team since 2017 – will be significantly stepping up her commentary and reporting roles both leading into the race and over the entire Easter race weekend to include mainstream media and on ๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—š๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—น @sailorgirlhq plus B2G platforms.
Nic says she is looking forward to bringing all the action from the docks, on the water for the start and in Gladstone for the finish in what is one of Australiaโ€™s most historically significant offshore sailing races.
โ€œIt is an honour to be working with the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club race team once again, but this time on a larger scale. Most importantly, I am very excited about an Easter of B2G race action from the start on Good Friday, all the way through to all of the adventures at the finish in Gladstone,โ€ Nic said.

๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฌ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐˜ ๐—–๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฏ (๐—ค๐—–๐—ฌ๐—–) is delighted to announce that Australian TV and radio sports icon, ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€๐—ต will be joining the 2023 reporting and commentary team for Easterโ€™s ๐—š๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฑ๐˜๐—ต ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฌ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ (๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฑ๐˜๐—ต ๐—•๐Ÿฎ๐—š).
Having recently retired to radio after an extraordinary 47 years on television at Channel 7, Pat Welsh has had a long affinity with the B2G having reported extensively on the race annually throughout his TV career and spent many Easters in Gladstone providing in-depth coverage.
This year for the 75th B2G, Pat will be undertaking some B2G interviews and commentary over Easter (which avid fans can catch on B2G Facebook/Instagram and race TV coverage) and will be Master of Ceremony for the Official Presentation Ceremony in @bris2gladvillage Easter Sunday (9th April).
Pat says he has many decades of fond memories reporting on the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race including being in Gladstone to report on ocean racing legend, Jack Rooklyn running aground on Lady Elliot reef during the 1980 race with Apollo.
โ€œIโ€™m delighted to be reunited with Queenslandโ€™s blue water classic,โ€ Pat said.
โ€œMy first trips to Gladstone to cover the B2G were in a light aircraft so when we graduated to a helicopter, it made coverage of the race and breeze so much easier,โ€ he said.
โ€œWeโ€™d factor a lunch stop in where Mum would meet us at the Bundaberg Airport with a stack of freshly made sandwiches so I was always very popular with the pilot and cameraman.โ€
Just over ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ผ… โ›ต๏ธrace starts 11am, ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐Ÿณ๐˜๐—ต ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น.
๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜๐—ผ (๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™…๐™ค๐™จ๐™ ๐™’๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ @joshmate): Queensland Cruising Yacht Club ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ, ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜„ and ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ, ๐—œ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„ with ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€๐—ต and ๐™๐™๐™š ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ง-๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ž๐™ก ๐˜พ๐™ช๐™ฅ – the B2Gโ€™s coveted overall winner trophy and one of the oldest trophies in Australian sailing history ๐Ÿ†.
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