The 76th edition of Queensland’s oldest race, the Brisbane to Gladstone (B2G), is poised to commence with a significant backing from Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC). Over the next five years, GPC will be making a substantial contribution of $300,000 to the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC). GPC’s CEO, Craig Haymes, conveyed the corporation’s pride in taking a prominent role in Australia’s second-largest yacht race, a beloved Easter tradition for both the Gladstone region and Queensland.
“It’s only January but our preparations for the race are in full swing including getting the giant pontoon ready – we can’t wait to welcome the fleet back to Gladstone to refresh, relax and explore all that our 5 Gold Anchor Marina has to offer,” said Mr Haymes.
Celebrating their 110th year of operation, GPC sees this sponsorship as a significant milestone, reinforcing their commitment to supporting crucial events for the region and the state.
“Easter in Gladstone is always an exciting time as we welcome thousands of locals and visitors.”
Highlighting the allure of Gladstone’s scenic East Shores, Mr Haymes emphasises the exceptional experience awaiting spectators with “Our award-winning parklands at East Shores offer free front-row seats to the finish line and our Marina has sky-rocketed in popularity after we upgraded facilities.”
GPC goes above and beyond by offering free berthing, access to premium facilities, and a complimentary shuttle bus service that operates around the clock. Additionally, significant in-kind support is provided, including berthing for yachts after the race.
Competitors will undertake a challenging 308 nautical mile (570-kilometer) journey on Good Friday, sailing from Brisbane’s Redcliffe to the exhilarating finish line in Gladstone Harbour.