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Moreton Bay Cruise Offers Yacht Race Action

Story: Patricia Higgins
Published On : Mar 20, 2021
Moreton Bay Cruise Offers Yacht Race Action
From sea creatures to sailing action, Brisbane Whale Watching is again offering sightseers the chance to experience the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race up close and personal.

This 73rd iteration of the Gladstone Ports Corporation event can be viewed from the vantage point of the luxury cruise vessel MV Eye Spy, with standard and VIP tickets available.

History meets cutting-edge sophistication on the day cruise, with all the thrills of the race to be enjoyed aboard a high-speed, air conditioned catamaran over the Easter long weekend.

Captain Kerry Lopez, managing director at Brisbane Whale Watching, said she found it amazing how the very first Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race was held back in 1949 and how it has endured ever since (bar last year, due to COVID).

“Did you know that during the first ever race there were seven vessels and only two of those were fitted with radios; the other five were supplied pigeons by Brisbane’s Homing Pigeon Club, and had to release two a day with their updates,” she said.

The MV Eye Spy crew and all its guests have witnessed many boating highlights over the years, including the 70th Anniversary Race of 2018.

“It was the magnificent Black Jack 100 competing against the clock to try and break the race record held since 2004 by Skandia Wild Thing,” Kerry said. “Travelling at an average speed of over 18 knots, they smashed the record by a massive four hours with a finishing time of 16 hours, 53 minutes and 57 seconds.”

Captain Kerry is passionate about providing a 5-star experience for her passengers (including gourmet catering) so that they can take in the characteristic atmosphere of boating competitiveness, in true front-row style.

“With three levels, six outdoor viewing platforms, floor to ceiling windows and air conditioned cabins, anywhere you decide to watch the race [on the vessel] will be a first class experience.”

With seating limited, she recommended booking early to avoid disappointment.

You can book tickets for the Brisbane Whale Watching Brisbane to Gladstone Race Cruise at www.brisbanewhalewatching.c..., or by calling 3880 0477.

Brisbane Whale Watching
Brisbane to Gladstone Race Cruise
Friday, 2 April, 9am-1:30pm
Departing Redcliffe Jetty
Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe.