August 02, 2019

Media Release                                                                                                        2 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

Glamour Lendlease Brisbane to Hamilton Island Race start

Brisbane turned on perfect conditions for the 1100hrs start of the inaugural Lendlease Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race, sunshine and 12 – 15 knots of sou’east breeze on Queensland’s Moreton Bay setting up the first of what could be one long spinnaker ride in perfect winter trade winds.

Watch the start here

Pre-start, the navigator on Karl Kwok’s impressive MOD70 Beau Geste Matt Humphries reckoned the giant trimaran, built for breaking and setting race records, could complete the 530 nautical mile course in less than 24 hours, meaning they will be hurtling north at an average speed of 22 knots, or 40kph.

Two late withdrawals – Not A Diamond and Painkiller – leaves a fleet of 15 racing in what has been coined ‘Australia’s warm water Sydney to Hobart race’. In terms of major Australian distance races, the newest bluewater event is second only in length to the famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race at 628nm.

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Commodore Barry Cuneo and his Envy Scooters TP52 team began their start where they left off from the recent Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race – leading the TP pack and being chased down by Matt Allen’s JV52 Ichi Ban. The Oatley family’s RP66 Wild Oats X and David Griffith’s JV62 Chinese Whisper were in among the action and also hard-pressed running following the on-time start by RQYS race management officials.

Three hours after the start, Envy Scooters and Ichi Ban were exchanging the IRC overall lead, and Envy Scooters was second in the fleet, 5nms ahead of Wild Oats X and behind Beau Geste, doing 13.5 knots of boat speed.

Track the fleet and see the latest handicap standings here

The multihulls began their charge five minutes behind the monohulls and it didn’t take Beau Geste long to catch and pass the single-hulled boats.

A good south-east trade flow across Queensland will make for a quick, mostly downhill slide all the way to the Whitsundays.

The joint start included the RQYS’s 13th Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race fleet.

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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