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7 April 2021

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In 2020 the real, on-the-water Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race had to be cancelled because of the global #COVID19 pandemic. As the months passed and Australia began to get a good degree of control over the virus, the chance of a real on-the-water race in 2021 became a possibility. All preparations were made and Sailonline was delighted to be included, working closely with the organisers at Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC) to coordinate publicity and race opening. With just over a week to go, however, the Queensland government announced a three-day lockdown, so QCYC had to pull out all stops to get permission for the real race to go ahead. But they did and it did!

The QCYC approach to organising this event includes a marvellous Livestream that truly brings to viewers at home and virtual racers a sense of participation in this classic yacht race. In the past Sailonline has “smoothed” it’s departure from Brisbane but this and, perhaps, the sea state/tides affecting the real fleet on the exit from Moreton Bay this time, meant that the front runners of the virtual fleet did stay ahead of the bulk of the real fleet but for those finding themselves “mixing it” with the real fleet there was a true sense of competition!

Our thanks again must go to QCYC and the organisers and sponsors of the Gladstone Ports Corporation Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race 2021 race for partnering with Sailonline – hopefully an association that will last for years to come. In the total virtual fleet of 201, representing 34 different nations, there were 50 boats flying the flag for Australia. The competition was fierce and a quick review of the Leaderboard, linked above, reveals that 20 boats arrived within 10 minutes of the winner and 8 in this group were locals!

Congratulations to everyone who took part both in reality and online and particular plaudits go to Sailonline’s podium representing USA, Australia and Germany. See you next year!

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