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Gold Coast to Brisbane all set for February 25 start

by Kelvin Holdt on 6 Feb 2012
The Great Race, from the Gold Coast to Brisbane, is open to dinghies and multihulls. Southport YC
The Gold Coast to Brisbane race is deemed 'The Great Race' and is Australia's most entertaining and challenging marathon for off the beach dinghies and catamarans. The event is set to offer a prize pool that includes $5000 in cash and a beachside holiday retreat.

Scheduled for February 25 and staged out of Southport Yacht Club’s Sailing Academy at Hollywell, the Great Race will take the big fleet of small boats on a 70-kilometre inshore course north from the Gold Coast to Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, on Moreton Bay.

The initial stage takes the fleet along the narrow channels that meander through the spectacular Gold Coast Broadwater, and once that distance is covered it’s a charge across the Bay to the finish line off Manly.

The line honours boat in the F18 catamaran division will take away a $2000 prize while the corrected time winners in both the mono and multihull divisions will each receive $1000.

This is the eighth time The Great Race has been staged and this year organisers are hoping for a fleet of more than 80 boats from throughout Queensland and interstate. The current race record is 2hrs 57m 18s for multihulls and 3hrs 44m 48s for monohulls. The majority of the fleet usually takes between four and six hours to complete the course.

The chosen date for the race has favourable tidal conditions for much of the day.

Entries are open to all off-the-beach dinghies with a yardstick rating less than or equal to 109, and all off-the-beach multihulls with a yardstick no higher than 100. A fun social agenda is also being planned around the race. To enter go to the Southport Yacht Club website.

For more information contact the organiser, Kelvin Holdt, at Southport Yacht Club kelvin@southportyachtclub.com.au - or phone (07) 5537 7030.

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