IT was quite a spectacle as 40 yachts off Shorncliffe Pier lined up in sunny conditions for the 69th annual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race on Good Friday.
Black Jack claimed her fourth consecutive Line Honours trophy crossing the finish line of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race at 9.56am on Saturday.
The Courier Mail Cup was won by less than 13 seconds by Ichi Ban skippered by Australian Sailing president Matt Allen in 1 day 16 hours and 10.43 seconds (on corrected time).
Local yachts got to Gladstone on Sunday with Samurai Jack skippered by Michael Lazzarini crossing the line at 4.30am, Marriah skippered by Peter Holm crossing the line at 10.26am and Sassy skippered by Phil Lazzarini crossing the line 11.15am.
The other Brisbane to Gladstone winners were IRC: Div 1 - Ichi Ban, Div 2 - Wistari, Overall - Ichi Ban; ORCi Div 1 - Alive, Div 2 - Wistari, Overall - Alive; PHRF Div 1 - Kerisma Line 7, Div 1 - Dream, Veteran Div - Flying Colours 2, Short Handed - Apriori, Overall - Flying Colours 2; and Crusing: Marriah.
Queensland Cruising Yacht Club race director Nigel Statham said spectators worldwide were watching the race either from the shore or streamed online.
"The honour of the first boat to cross the start line was closely fought between Mr Kite and Ichi Ban but it was only minutes before the two front runners, Black Jack and Alive hit the front and briefly entered into a luffing dual before Black Jack got her nose in front and made the most of a gently strengthening breeze,” he said.
"In the very early hours of Saturday morning, the YB Yacht Tracker had Black Jack with a predicted finish time one minute quicker than Skandia's record time but as the wind lightened over night the record slipped away.”
Mr Statham said despite this, skipper Mark Bradford still sailed himself into the history books.
"No skipper has ever won four Line Honours titles in a row until today,” he said.
"Mark still has three more Line Honours wins to achieve before surpassing Jack Rooklyns' record but with Peter Harburg, Black Jacks' owner, confirming that next year they would return in a one hundred foot Black Jack, the probability of more titles is likely as the Black Jack crew continue to strive to eclipse the 2004 race record.”
Following a successful 2017 Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race the race director said they were expecting an even bigger fleet for their 70th anniversary race next year.
"When we had our 50th we had 200 boats in the race,” he said.
For more results, details and videos visit www.brisbanetogladstone.com.au.
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