The MYCQ's annual Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull Yacht Race starts at 11:20am from Shorncliff on the 18th April (Good Friday) and will sail up the coast and on the outside of Lady Elliot Island and into Gladstone Harbour, finishing just north of the entrance to Auckland Creek.
Back in 1965 MYCQ held its first Brisbane to Gladstone race and it has been an annual event ever since. Being the 50th anniversary of this first, race a large fleet is expected with many past winners, including the current race record holder ORMA 60 Trimaran Team Australia.
The competition has had an ever-growing multihull division since 1963 when the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club invited multihull yacht owners to participate in the annual 300 nautical mile race. That year three multi's entered, with one completing the event. This inspired twelve multihull owners to form a club (the beginnings of the MYCQ) in 1965. They decided to organise their own contest separate to the monohulls race, following an almost identical course and run on the same day. The tradition continued every year until 1998 when the two organising bodies decided to run the events simultaneously, with the same extended start line and following the same course.
Each competing vessel will have a YB Tracker installed onboard. They will transmit data every fifteen minutes throughout the race. This data will then be visualised on our race tracker so friends, family and armchair admirals can follow the fleet all the way to the finish line.
For more information and the race tracker for this contest please visit the MYCQ website.