From the following article submitted to Sail-World by Jim and Barbara Stubbings on behalf of the MYCQ
MYCQ 50th edition of the Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull Sailing Extravaganza gets underway on Good Friday, 18th April 2014. Back in 1965 Hedley Nicol won the first race both on Line Honours and on handicap.
The elapsed time was around the 32 hour mark. Since then various multihulls have lowered the record with Team Australia the ORMA 60 trimaran achieving a time of just over 16 hours 28 minutes in a relatively light weather event in 2012. So with a bit more breeze about who knows what time Sean Langman and his team can achieve.
In addition to monitoring the performance of the possible course record breakers the race winner on both OMR and PR is likely to be a very close fought tussle. To add to the interest and competition to the local boats like the two Schionning G Force 1500’s, Attitude and Chill Pill, the previous winner the Schionning G Force 1400Bullet Proof and the hot twice OMR winner, the Pescott Whitehaven, Rhythmic, there is likely to be some stiff opposition from the 50ft cat owned and built by Andrew Stransky, ‘Fantasia,’that has been so successful in the races in the Far East and the Hot Crowther cat from NSW, ‘Two Up’. On the PR handicap scene last year’s winner ‘No Problem’ will be there plus a number of competitive contenders including our Vice Commodore, Mike Hodges’s very consistent 50 ft Schionning Waterline Cat ‘Renaissance’.
If you are interested in entering this historic event please refer to our web site www.mycq.org.au for the Notice of Race plus all the other details you need to know to join in the event. Many of multis listed below have entered previously and judging from the early completed entry forms received a fair few are likely to do so again this year. So come and enter the fleet and enjoy the racing and the party in Gladstone afterwards.
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