Photo: Sarah Motherwell
Captain Kerry Lopez says her vessel will be positioned in the starting grounds as it has for the past 10 years on April 7 when the yachts begin their journey to Gladstone from Shorncliffe.
“Eye Spy is built for spectators, with six viewing platforms, so she’s perfect for watching the start of the race,” she says.
The vessel’s ceiling-to-floor windows also ensure passengers have an uninterrupted view of the race.
The Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race runs parallel to the Redcliffe foreshore as the boats make their way up the coast before making a sharp turn out to Moreton Bay.
Eye Spy moves with the fleet and offers a spectacular vantage point.
“It’s exciting to see who’s going to take the lead. I love the excitement of the race and seeing who gets their spinnakers up,” Kerry says.
It is an experience which draws return passengers, particularly family and friends of sailors taking part in the race.
This year is the 75th anniversary of the race and classic wooden boats are expected to be part of the spectator flotilla.
Kerry says there may even be a spectacle in the sky, if the 70th anniversary is anything to go by. On that anniversary, RAAF Hercules flew overhead.
“It will be a great day, a great way to spend Good Friday and a great vantage point from which to enjoy the foreshore too,” she says.
Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race cruise details
Date: Friday, April 7, 2023
Departure Point: Redcliffe Jetty, Redcliffe Pde, Redcliffe
A variety of mixed cakes for morning tea (tea and coffee are purchasable on board)
Gourmet picnic lunchbox including chicken, ham, garden salad, potato salad, fruit, and more
Cost: $99 standard, $79 standard child (4-14 years)
For more information and to make a booking, visit the website
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