Celebrating the Qld Cruising Yacht Club Brisbane to Gladstone 60th Anniversary Ocean Yacht Race.
The first race in 1949 was held when Gladstone was rebuilding after being devastated by a cyclone less than a month earlier. The excitement of this event would have gone a long way in lifting local morale. The race proved a success with ?Hoana? being first across the line and ?Sea Prince? taking handicap honours.
In later years the local yacht 'Wistari', built in the Patrick family's backyard and launched in 1965, enjoyed repeated successes and continues to be Gladstone's favourite entrant today.
Racing Onwards will be officially opened by Herb Prendergast, Race Director of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, at the Gallery/Museum on Monday, 17 March at 6pm.
Official invitation 17 March 2008 (PDF 203kb)
A Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum exhibition presented in conjunction with Gladstone Yacht Club.
Image: Hoana CY18, Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht race, Easter 1949.