Brisbane Gladstone sets sail at Easter

The 74th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race will set sail Good Friday.

Photography by Mitchell Pearson

04 April 2022


The Gladstone Port Corporation’s iconic 74th annual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, proudly owned and run by Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC) will set sail at 11am on Good Friday, 15th April 2022 from Moreton Bay to Gladstone over 308 nautical miles.

The 74th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race is shaping up to be one of the most competitive yet having attracted many of Australia’s best offshore sailing yachts including Black Jack 100, Ichi Ban, Stefan Hair, Black Diamond, Alive and Wistari to name a few.

The Gladstone Ports Corporation Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race is considered by the yachting fraternity and the general public to be one of Australia’s flagship ocean yacht races.

The Race is an officially recognised icon of Queensland and the highest profile Easter Weekend sporting event, setting sail from Moreton Bay on Good Friday annually.


From the start, yachts proceed via a mark off Redcliffe Point to the North West Channel up to Caloundra and through to Gladstone, a distance of approximately 308 nautical miles.

Entrants will gather from across Queensland, New South Wales. Victoria and Tasmania as well as from overseas. They compete for the Courier Mail Cup, one of the oldest perpetual trophies in Australia that has been competed for on a continual basis.

The Race is steeped in history and tradition with the first ever Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race held during Easter 1949.

That race saw seven vessels start, two of which carried radios while Brisbane’s Homing Pigeon Club supplied pigeons to the others for position reporting. Each yacht issued with birds was to release two each day.

The first person to finish the race was Doug Perrins on the bow of Hoana. Having sailed through strong winds and heavy seas, Hoana finished with an elapsed time of 47hrs 08min 25sec, a very creditable time which stood until 1955.

In 2009 the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race was voted as one of the icons of Queensland.

In 2008 QCYC was the winner of the Queensland Tourism Award in the Festival and Events Category.

In 2001 the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race was selected as one of the platforms for the Centenary of Federation celebrations and a Centenary of Federation perpetual trophy is awarded to the winning team each year.

The Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race has weathered worse storms than the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race with Cyclone Emily causing havoc in 1972 as winds reached up to 96 knots. There were no casualties but only five of the 25 race starters finished the race that year. The race maintains an exemplary safety record.

Current race fleet / entrants can be viewed here.

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