Dynamic duo for B2G

TV sports icon and renowned sailing commentator join mighty Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.


Photography by Rodd Owen

14 March 2023

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Australian TV sports icon, Pat Welsh together with renowned sailing commentator, Nic Douglass have joined the 2023 reporting and commentary team for Easter’s Gladstone Ports Corporation 75th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race (75th B2G) which starts on Good Friday, 7 April.

Both Pat and Nic have had a long association with the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race which is proudly presented and organised annually by Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC).

Having recently retired to radio after an extraordinary 47 years on television at Channel 7, Pat Welsh has reported extensively on the B2G annually throughout his TV career and spent many Easters in Gladstone providing in-depth coverage of the race.

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In 2023, Pat will be undertaking some B2G interviews and commentary over Easter and act as Master of Ceremony for the Official Presentation Ceremony in Gladstone on Easter Sunday (9 April).

Nic Douglass (aka ‘Sailor Girl’) has been a part of the B2G live stream commentary team since 2017 but this year will significantly step up her commentary and reporting roles both leading into the race and over the entire Easter race weekend to include mainstream media and social media coverage.

Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC) Commodore Ian Gidlow says it is a major coup for the race to have secured the reporting and commentary talents of two of Australia’s most highly respected sports reporting and sailing commentary identities.

“We are delighted to have Pat and Nic on board for the 75th edition of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race and look forward to being able to present their insightful and engaging commentary to audiences in Australia and abroad,” Mr Gidlow said.

Pat Welsh has many decades of fond memories reporting on the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race including being in Gladstone to report on ocean racing legend, Jack Rooklyn running aground on Lady Elliot reef during the 1980 race with Apollo II.

“I’m delighted to be reunited with Queensland’s blue water classic,” Mr Welsh said. “My first trips to Gladstone to cover the B2G were in a light aircraft so when we graduated to a helicopter, it made coverage of the race and breeze so much easier,” he said.

“We’d factor a lunch stop in where Mum would meet us at the Bundaberg Airport with a stack of freshly made sandwiches so I was always very popular with the pilot and cameraman.”

Nic Douglass who is best known for her Adventures of a Sailor Girl platforms – which include more than 45,000 followers on Facebook – says she is looking forward to bringing audiences all the action from the docks, on the water for the start and in Gladstone for the finish in what is one of Australia’s most historically significant offshore sailing races.

“It is an honour to be working with the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club race team once again, but this time on a larger scale. Most importantly, I am very excited about an Easter of B2G race action from the start on Good Friday, all the way through to all of the adventures at the finish in Gladstone,” Ms Douglass said.

Steeped in tradition and stature and proudly presented by Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC) since 1949, the iconic 308 nautical mile Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race (affectionately known as the B2G) is one of the oldest and most fiercely fought blue water yacht races on the Australian sailing calendar and one of the highest profile Easter sporting events.

The B2G was first held over Easter 1949 where seven vessels took the start line, two of which carried radios while Brisbane’s Homing Pigeon Club supplied pigeons for the other competing vessels to relay their positions.

 

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