A fleet of 47 offshore racing yachts will line up to make sailing history when they contest Australia’s second oldest blue water yacht race – the Gladstone Ports Corporation 75th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race (B2G) which sets sail on Good Friday (7th April 2023).
Entries closed on Monday 20 March with the milestone running of Queensland’s blue water classic attracting some of Australia’s best known ocean racing yachts along with a recently imported European yacht, the first ever electric yacht entry, and one yacht competing in their 30th B2G.
The Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race (or B2G as it is affectionately known) is proudly presented and organised annually by Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC). The 2023 fleet will see 397 sailors race 308 nautical miles to Gladstone, with crews ranging in size from four two handed entrants through to the largest with 30 crew on board.
Yachts entered in the 75th B2G will head to the Brisbane start line in Moreton Bay from as far afield as the Netherlands, Sydney, Townsville, Whitsundays, Gladstone, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.
QCYC Commodore, Ian Gidlow says the 75th edition of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race is likely to see some tightly fought tactical battles in this demanding coastal passage race.
“The 2023 fleet has attracted a broad mix of yacht entries and it is anyone’s guess who will take the ultimate prize of winning overall and putting their name on The Courier-Mail Cup,” Mr Gidlow said. “Also up for grabs, the overall winner of the PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) Division will take home the Peter Holm Cup and a cash prize of $10,000 – believed to be the biggest cash prize for PHRF in Australian sailing.
“We are incredibly proud of the unique history of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race and for the 75th edition, we can guarantee Brisbane’s Moreton Bay will be ablaze with sails, adrenalin and action on Good Friday when the 47 strong fleet powers over the start line at 11am,” he said.
Spectators can enjoy the start of the race from the water, land, or livestream for the 75th iteration of this iconic event. Further information about the Gladstone Ports Corporation 75th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race is available by visiting www.brisbanetogladstone.com or following the race on Facebook and Instagram.
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