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The Bluewater Festival and Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race mean there will be a lot of activity in and around Shorncliffe with the help of Bill Gollan and Nigel Statham who are holding The Courier Mail Cup.
The Bluewater Festival and Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race mean there will be a lot of activity in and around Shorncliffe with the help of Bill Gollan and Nigel Statham who are holding The Courier Mail Cup. Renee McKeown

COLLABORATION is key for the two biggest events by the water for boaties and residents alike with the Bluewater Festival and Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race (B2G) this weekend.

This year is expected to be bigger than ever with the 20th anniversary of the bayside festival and significant increase in the number of yachts entered in this year's race.

Sandgate Chamber of Commerce president Bill Gollan said there has been a lot of build up around the Bluewater Festival which is celebrating its 20th year.

"It is one of the cornerstones of the community,” he said.

"It's about celebrating who we are as a bayside community and bring people here to celebrate with us.”

Last year on the eve of the Bluewater Festival, former Sandgate and Districts Chamber of Commerce president and one of the founders of the festival, Anne Hobbs passed away.

To honour her memory a commemorative poster competition was organised for this year's festival and her son Luke Hobbs will be firing the cannon to start the B2G from the end of the Shorncliffe Pier at 11am.

Queensland Cruising Yacht Club race director Nigel Statham said for the first time in history the race will be live-streamed and this year both events had collaborated together.

"It's really exciting, we have a much bigger fleet, we have 40 boats which is a 30% increase on the last four or five years,” he said.

"The skippers are really seeing the value (in the race) and there's a real buzz about the livestream.

"The B2G started 69 years ago and the festival started because of it, but over the years it has become it's own thing and this year we are working really closely with them.”

The start of the race will be commentated by Rear Commodore Alasdair Noble, from the QCYC and in addition to the B2G there will also be Dragon Boats in Bramble Bay from midday.

However the Bluewater Festival will start much earlier from 7.30am with yoga on the beach, market stalls from 8am to 7.30pm and on stage entertainment starting at 9.45am with 2RAR Pipes and Drums.

The entertainment will run throughout the day with acts including Australia's Got Talent runner-up David de Vito and concluding with the Killer Queen Tribute band set and fireworks at 7.30pm.

Topics:  b2g bluewater festival brisbane to gladstone live streaming sandgate shorncliffe yacht race


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