Brisbane to Hamilton Island Race / 600nm / 1 Aug - 8 Aug 2019
7 DAYS / cat 2 ocean RACe / 2 CREW POSITIONS AVAILABLE
This is the first ever edition of the Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race and the new signature offshore yachting event for the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS). The 600 nautical mile race will start on Friday 2nd August 2019 at 1100 just east of Green Island on Brisbane’s beautiful Moreton Bay. The yachts will head north along the shorelines of the world famous Fraser Island before weaving their way through the islands, reefs and big ocean currents inside the world famous Great Barrier Reef, bound for Hamilton Island Marina. You will join a racing crew of 8 people for this epic ocean race north, along the eastern shores of Fraser Island and through the Whitsunday Islands before crossing the finish line at Hamilton Island. With a fleet of more than 50 yachts expected, this promises to be any exciting first edition of this new Australian ocean race.
Join us aboard Ocean Gem at Southport on Queensland's Gold Coast for the 50nm delivery trip north on the 1st of August to RQYS in preparation for race start the following day. We will stay aboard on 1st August, attend the pre-race briefing and complete final preparations for the race start the following day. On the 2nd August the gun will fire at 1100 hours and we'll be off with a fleet of 50+ yachts on the race out of Moreton Bay, north past Cape Moreton, the Sunshine Coast and up the eastern side of the worlds largest sand island; Fraser Island. We'll then weave our way through the islands of the Whitsundays in search for the optimum combination of course, currents and wind to Hamilton Island Marina, where we will berth and celebrate at the prize giving presentation ashore.
The race will take 4-5 days depending on wind direction and strength and we would expect to complete it on the 6th or 7th of August. You are welcome to stay onboard Ocean Gem the entire time and should plan to fly out of Hamilton Island Airport on 9th August.
Your crew package includes; all meals onboard, meals ashore, accommodation onboard, your Ocean Gem crew shirt, race entry fees, marina fees, the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether. Your bedding, a pillow and towel is also included along with suncream.
Your crew package excludes; accommodation ashore, flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports, alcohol, toiletries, clothing and wet weather gear. Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility incase of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore either side of trip: AirBNB, Booking.com, Wotif & HomeAway.