The race record of the Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race has fallen with Black Jack smashing their own record set in 2008 by 3 hours and 49 minutes.
The Peter Harburg owned and Mark Bradford skippered Reichel Pugh 66 crossed the finish line in Keppel Bay under spinnaker cruising along at 16 knots.
“It was slow to start and up to Indian Head but then the south easterly kicked in and we started to make some good ground,” said proud owner Peter Harburg.
“We got 20-25 knots and the boat was just flying. It was a really great race and I'm so happy with how the crew sailed,” continued Harburg.
Skipper Mark Bradford said it was a relief to have a good race this weekend.
“Last week's long race was really tough for the boys, so it was good to have some great conditions for this time round. It really was a spectacular sail here with plenty of whale sightings. Bring on Hamilton Island Race Week! Hopefully we are ready for the Oats boys,” said Bradford.
The Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Brad Carter was here to welcome the Line Honours crew and hand over the traditional pineapple as a welcoming token to the region.
The new race record for the Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race is 29 hours, 24 minutes and 11 seconds.
The next yacht across the finish line was Ray Robert's Cookson 50 Evolution Sails.
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