Gladstone port gets ready to welcome yachts
GPC acting chief executive officer Craig Walker said they were proud to provide the venue for Gladstone’s Easter celebrations, including being the finish line for the annual race.
“Facilitating the installation of a temporary 100m pontoon at O’Connell Wharf is one of the most visibly noticeable activities that takes place as part of the preparations,” Mr Walker said.
“Behind the scenes, GPC’s marina team also works relentlessly to ensure that all permits, berth allocations and other preparatory works are completed in the lead-up to the Easter long weekend.
“Working around the clock, the marina team ensures they accommodate the arrival of the yachts, while being fully equipped as a safety response vessel for the race.
“GPC is honoured to provide the facilities that allow the Gladstone community a front row seat to (watch) the arriving yachts.”
The 71st edition of the 308-nautical mile race starts tomorrow from Shorncliffe.
After the start, yachts proceed via a mark off Redcliffe Point to the North West Channel to Caloundra and through to Gladstone.
Entrants include the best Queensland-based racers, as well as interstate rivals.
Queensland yacht Black Jack took an impressive line honours victory last year and smashed the 14-year-old race record in the process.
However, the overall winner of the race, and the prestigious Courier Mail Cup, one of the oldest perpetual trophies in Australia, was Ichi Ban, which backed up its win from 2017.
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