August 02, 2019

Media Release                                                                                                            0700hrs, 3 August July 2019

Event: Inaugural Lendlease Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race organised by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron started 1100hrs Friday August 2, 2019 from Moreton Bay


Beau Geste closing in on the finish as IRC contenders split

At 0700hrs on day two of the Lendlease Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race the fleet continues to make excellent time in conditions described by one of the race’s IRC contenders as “fast, furious and wet – and great fun!”.

Ichi Ban’s Sydney based crew supplied a video showing everyone on deck in full wet weather and beanies as the saltwater pours over the deck.

Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban team was closer inshore along with Envy Scooters and the RP66 Wild Oats X and out wider was the TP52 Gweilo and JV62 Chinese Whisper, between gates 5 and 6, Fairfax and Percy’s.

“Looks like the split is on!” said Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron sailing manager Brady Lowe. “It could be an MC38 regatta in Pittwater it’s so tight. Navigators’ calls will be interesting now.”

Chris Townsend and Matt Donald’s Gweilo is locked in a battle with Ichi Ban for top handicap position, a struggle that will only finish when the rival 52-footers reach the finish line of the RQYS’s latest bluewater offering. Barry Cuneo’s TP52 Envy Scooters, sailing for the host club, is also in the handicap hunt.

Given the long-range forecast, the 15 crews from New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland plus Hong Kong, expected one giant sleigh ride in perfect winter trade winds. Currently the fleet is enjoying 20 knot sou’easters with the TP52s averaging 15kts of boat speed and the non-planing boats sitting around the 8kt mark.

Anton Prange’s Hanse 505 Reflection reported a broken spinnaker halyard at this morning’s radio sched. The team is fine and have opted to continue north under jib and main.

At 0745hrs Karl Kwok’s MOD70 Beau Geste was within 118 nautical miles of the Dent Passage finish line, adjacent to Hamilton Island’s award-winning yacht club, travelling at 21 knots with an ETA of 1.30pm today, Saturday August 3, 2019.

Track the fleet and see the latest handicap standings here

Watch the August 2 start here

Running in conjunction with the RQYS’s latest bluewater offering is the club’s longstanding 13th Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race. Sebastian Bohm’s Rogers 46 Smuggler leads that fleet in terms of line placing and IRC overall scores, with 109 nautical miles to go.

Follow the Lendlease Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race:

Insta: @brisbane_to_hamilton_island
Tags: #B2HI #RaceToTheReef #HamiltonIsland #RQYS #Lendlease

Further information:

Lisa Ratcliff
OCC/Lendlease Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race media
m. 0418 428 511 e.

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