The fifth Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race (B2K) is due to start at midday today east of Green Island on Brisbane Moreton Bay. The fleet of 32 yachts ranging from 100 to 30 feet in length, are at this time making their way to the starting area with storm sails hoisted as part of their entry requirements.
B2K is the signature offshore race of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron as the ideal way for yachts to get their teams north for both Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Weeks.
The forecast of light northerly conditions means the race record held by the 30m maxi Lahana in the 2010 race of 27 hours, 11 minutes and 22 seconds could stand, however the crew of Wild Oats XI are quietly confident that they will bring the record down.
At the compulsory competitors meeting, International Race Office and B2K Race Director Denis Thompson reminded crews of the importance of safety. Thompson discussed their obligations to keep safety in the forefront of their minds at all times.
All yachts have been fitted with Yellowbrick Trackers. The tracker page is Flash enabled however also has a version for iPhones and iPads.
More to come
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Chris Knights (Georgia Express) takes the last lot of gear to the boat - 5th Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race 2011 - Photos Supplied
The Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race is part of Tourism Queensland’s Season of Sailing.
Brian Pozzey gives his wife a kiss goodbye - 5th Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race 2011 - Photos Supplied
The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron is pleased to acknowledge the principal sponsors of the 2011 Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race; Club Marine, who has renewed their commitment as naming rights sponsor for the fifth year, David Bray Yachts, Club Super, and Morgan’s Seafood, Angove Family Winemakers, Bundaberg Rum and the Rockhampton Regional Council.
The race is hosted by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron with the support of Keppel Bay Marina, Keppel Bay Sailing Club, Yeppoon Coast Guard and Bundaberg VMR.