Yachting in Queensland
Yachting as a sport and pastime has long been popular in Queensland with interstate races for craft twenty-two feet and under being sailed almost continuously over the last sixty years. With the formation of the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club in 1948 blue water yacht racing and cruising was also commenced and has become increasingly popular.
The Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race has also been popular, being held annually since 1949. The race takes place each Easter on Good Friday, with the starting line just offshore from Shorncliffe Pier. Many don’t know that the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race has weathered worse storms than the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Cyclone Emily caused havoc as winds reached up to 96 knots during the 1972 race. There were no casualties but only five of the 25 race starters finished the race that year.