Big boats set to show their colours off Mooloolaba
THIS weekend it's the big boats turn this weekend to show off their colours on Mooloolaba Bay as a fleet of yachts race to and then from Mooloolaba in the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's Maui Jim Commodore's Cup.
Leading the 10-boat fleet is expected to be 2016 Brisbane to Keppel Race IRC handicap contender, Tam Faragher's 50-foot Kerumba and Trevor Bailey's First 45-foot Carbon Credits.
At the other end of the fleet, and expected to perform well in light winds, is James Crowley's First 30, Sahara, and Graham Furtado's 11m Frantic.
Previously run on the Australia Day weekend, the event has been revived by RQYS and made into a night race north starting at 7.30pm and then a day race back to Manly, starting with the Mooloolaba Yacht Club's blue water race fleet at 9.30am Sunday.
"We moved the event to now so that we could put in a night and an ocean race as a warm-up for the Brisbane Keppel Race," Lowe said.
"We would like to run more races up towards Mooloolaba, including in the summer and maybe in conjunction with the Southport Yacht Club."
While there is only about half of the Commodore's Cup fleet entered in next month's race to Keppel, many of the RQYS offshore fleet wanted the option of night races.
"We really don't run enough night races in south-east Queensland.
"It's really important for skippers and crews to get into the habit of doing races at night, particularly for the navigational challenges that racing out of the bay provides.
"It's a good test ahead of doing a longer distance race such as the Keppel race."
The little boats will be on Moreton Bay competing in the RQYS' Queensland Youth Week. Close to 300 dinghies across 13 classes are contesting the five day regatta.
Among the youth representing the Coast are Matt Hattrick, Marcel Klatsmanyi, Max Willams, Jessica Sim, Ava Brew, Indiabeau Laborie, Sarah Johnson, Taylor Rogers, Zach Edwards, Hailey Lea and Chloe Lea.