Hoist your sails and get set for the annual Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race

Grab the perfect Capricorn Coast vantage point this weekend as competing yachts sail into our magnificent Keppel Bay for the 2023 Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race.

Kicking off in Brisbane on Thursday 22nd June, the fleet will take on breeze from every direction predicted along the coastline, before providing some stunning views as contestants cross the finish line.

Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities which will kick off on Sunday 25th June at The Waterline Restaurant, Keppel Bay Marina, with a Sailor’s Bar and live entertainment.

Kylie Smith from Keppel Bay Marina is thrilled to welcome the yachts and their skippers to our waters again in 2023, encouraging locals and holiday makers to come along and take part in the celebrations.

“While sailors aren’t expecting any record-breaking finishing times, our stunning winter days are the perfect backdrop to witness this incredible spectacle,” Kylie said.

“Our coastline is brimming with perfect vantage points to watch the yachts sails across the finish line, which lays in a direct line between Double Head and North Keppel Island.”

“The Singing Ship at Emu Park, Wreck Point at Cooee Bay or Double Head Lookout at Rosslyn Bay are all prime spots to watch the exciting finish,” Kylie said.

“Or why not book your table at The Waterline Restaurant, Keppel Bay Marina and provide our warm Capricorn Coast welcome as the yachts cruise through Rosslyn Harbour Entrance.”

The 17th Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race is one of two signature offshore race proudly hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

The race delivers competitors to the Southern Great Barrier Reef destination, in time to start the short passage to the Whitsundays for Airlie Beach Race Week and Hamilton Island Race Week.

Over the years, the Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race has made its mark as one of Australia’s premier coastal races.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO, Mary Carroll is looking forward to welcoming sailors from across the nation and is proud to showcase Keppel Bay and the Capricorn Coast as the finish line for this prestigious event.

“It is promising to see this event join our local diversity of high-quality events year on year,” Mary said.

“The Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race provides a wonderful platform for highlighting what we have to offer and showcase the facilities, expertise and creativity of our local operators, particularly the team at The Waterline Restaurant, Keppel Bay Marina.”

“And with the first of our humpback whales already being witnessed, this year’s race will offer truly spectacular scenery as competitors enter the Southern Great Barrier Reef and Keppel Bay.”

Boasting the perfect distance and course conditions, 2023 will see the introduction of a Two-Handed Sailing Class Division and is shaping up to be hotly contested with a successful number of double handler entries.

In addition, Women Racing are excited to announce their entry with Not a Diamond Racing Team’s all female crew.

Each boat competing is provided a tracker for the race, so those interested can watch the progress of the yachts live on the official Yellow Brick Tracker.

For more information, visit https://www.rqys.com.au/b2k2023/ and book your table at The Waterline Restaurant via https://linktr.ee/thewaterline.

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