Southport Yacht Club hosts The Great Race

ON Saturday 5th April Southport Yacht Club will be hosting The Great Race for the 10th time since its inauguration in 2005.

Year after year, The Great Race attracts competitors from all over Australia, looking to test their stamina and willpower in this 70km endurance race from the Gold Coast to Brisbane.

The Great Race is possibly the longest off-the-beach sailing event of its kind to be staged in Australia.  Starting just outside the hosting Southport Yacht Club’s Hollywell Sailing Squadron on the Gold Coast, competitors make their way up towards Brisbane.  The narrow and twisted waterways between the mainland and the islands will test the competitors’ tacking and boat handling skills before the open vastness of Moreton Bay which provide some challenging wind and waves.  Finally, the race will finish just off Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly.

This Year see’s the continuance of a ½ Marathon which will use the same start area but finish at Weinam Creek which is 20.5nm (38km) from the start and just before the entrance into Moreton Bay.  This has been introduced for those who don’t meet the criteria set out for the full endurance race.

This is an intense race.  The current race records were set in 2012 with 2:33:32hrs elapsed time for Multihulls, 3:25:09hrs elapsed time for Monohulls and 2:39:58hrs elapsed time for Foiling Moths, with the majority of the fleet taking between 4 and 6 hours to complete the course.  Concentration and strength are called on for varying angles and sailing conditions that are encountered as you plot your way through the myriad of channels.  Competition is fierce all the way, and with tactics changing constantly, you arrive at RQYS or Weinam Creek absolutely spent and hurting, but with a strange little smile of satisfaction on your face that only fellow competitors can relate to!

We’ve picked the weekend with the most favourable tide. Now it is just up to the breeze and to the competitors to set new race records. Entries for The Great Race are open to all off-the-beach dinghies with a yardstick rating less than or equal to 112, and all off-the-beach multihulls with yardstick no higher than 100. 

The Great Race ½ Marathon is open to all off the beach dinghies with yardstick rating of greater than and including 113 and less than or equal to 123.

If you’re up for it check out the website for updates and the Entry Form.  No late entries are accepted.

Politicians come with no guarantee

WHAT costs millions of dollars, does not have a warranty or cooling off period and does not provide compensation if a faulty part causes death and destruction?


Another hint: The quality is notoriously inconsistent, there is little choice in brands, the model is outdated and rarely does the job it’s designed for but most people have given up complaining about the shoddy service.

Answer: Governments.

If we bought a car that broke down after only a couple of months we’d get it fixed for free.

If we changed our minds after buying a house, we’d have the cooling off period to fall back on.

Yet invest in a faulty government or council and we’re stuck with it.

We need a cooling off period folks!

Let’s face it, some of the politicians in the Queensland Parliament are only there because everyone was rather heated one Saturday in 2012.

Sometimes it’s not the local MP’s fault they can’t follow through on their commitments – it’s just they were perhaps not quite honest about how much influence they actually have.

Mudgeeraba MP Ros Bates and Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey held up placards and protested passionately against the Reedy Creek Boral quarry while in opposition only to have Deputy Premier Jeff ‘Crusher’ Seeney gleefully approve it.

In opposition, Mermaid MP Ray Stevens promised to do something about the lack of parking at Robina Stadium but went silent on the issue after getting into government.

As for the schizophrenic Gold Coast City Council, don’t get me started.

Ok, too late.

Seriously, why can’t they choose a bloody lane and stay in it instead of weaving all over the place like a drunken property developer taking the Rolls out for a spin.

When questioned about broken promises and poor polling recently, Prime Minister Tony Abbott shrugged and said voters will get a chance to judge him at the ballot box in three years’ time.

In the meantime, woohoo!

How, in this age rich with medical and technological geniuses and brilliant legal minds, have we have failed to keep governments accountable for their entire term?

We can clone sheep, for goodness sake, how hard could it be to make an honest politician?

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Boy arrested while two men on the run following robberies

TWO men are on the run, while a boy is in custody, following two robberies just north of the Gold Coast.

At 11.10 last night, two men entered a Slacks Creek pizza shop and pulled a knife on a staffer.

The worker at the Kingston Road store handed over some cash and the men ran off.

No one was injured as a result of the robbery.

Both men are believed to be in their early 20s and Caucasian in appearance.

One is around 170cms tall, the other 160cms tall.

Meantime, a teenager has been charged following an alleged robbery around 40 minutes later.

He’s accused of implying he had a weapon when demanding cigarettes and cash from a convenience store worker in Logan Central.

The attendant complied and the boy then fled the scene. The 14-year-old was found by police a short time later and has been charged with one count each of burglary, armed robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

He will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justices Act.

Corby-Seven deal in hands of Indonesian authorities

CHANNEL Seven has finally confirmed it’s courting Schapelle Corby and waiting for the go-ahead to film an interview with the paroled drug smuggler.

The former Gold Coaster’s brother-in-law has met with Indonesian authorities in a bid to get approval for the paid interview.

There have been rumours, Corby is set to be paid as much as $2million to tell her story, but the family and Seven continue to deny that’s the case.

The Brisbane Times reports, Sunday Night journalist Mike Willesee has confirmed, Wayan Widiartha was due to meet with Corby’s parole officers yesterday in a bid to end the impasse.

Authorities have warned, Corby’s parole could be jeopardized if she tells all.

“There are concerns that she will say something subjective that will discredit corrections, or Indonesia. But if it’s just a regular interview, it should be OK,” Ayub Suratman from the Indonesian Corrections Department explained.

But Willesee said Seven was prepared to let the officers sit in on the interview if that is what it would take to make it happen.

“I don’t know what to expect,” Willesee admitted. “We’re dealing with the bureaucracy now, you can’t rely on quick answers.”

Once they have that approval, Willesee said Ms Corby herself was “good to go”.

Get behind the wheel at the V8 Supercar driving experience

A BUNCH of champion drivers have left their rivalries at the door for the official opening of Australia’s first official V8 Supercar driving experience, on the Gold Coast.

Current V8 Champion Jamie Whincup, along with Will Davison, James Courtney and Mark Winterbottom converged on the Performance Driving Centre track at Norwell yesterday.

A bunch of rival V8 Supercar drivers tested out the Australian-first experience.

A bunch of rival V8 Supercar drivers tested out the Australian-first experience.

V8 Supercars Chief Executive Officer, James Warburton said the partnership will see the purpose-built facility offer a new range of adrenalin-pumping experiences, in addition to its comprehensive driver training activities and road-safety programs.

“The partnership is centered on providing a high quality V8 Supercar experience and road safety which is a long-standing focus of the V8 Supercar community programs,” Mr Warburton said.

“Each year V8 Supercar drivers deliver presentations to hundreds of schools and community groups throughout the country with the aim of sharing the practical skills and know-how which surrounds safe driving on our roads,” he added.

Owner Paul Morris also gave the V8 Supercars Official Driving Experience his endorsement.

“I have been involved in driver training and drive experiences for over 25 years. It has always been a dream of mine to bring the V8 Supercars brand and driver training together,” Mr Morris said.

“With our purpose built facility and the involvement of V8 Supercars, we offer an authentic experience in a safe environment where fans get the opportunity to see what is like to drive, ride and race in a V8 Supercar.”

The Experience is home to two genuine V8 Supercars, several V8 Supercar-based production cars, go-karts, a Barina Driver Challenge and features a skid pan; an off-road, four wheel drive training course; and the only mechanical ‘TurnTable’ in the Southern Hemisphere.