About the Race

The race is organised and hosted by Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC) and run with the assistance of Southport Yacht Club. In 2022 we are excited to see the race evolve with the engagement of our title or naming rights sponsor the Gladstone Ports Corporation. The race will now be known as the Gladstone Ports Corporation Surf to City Yacht Race. Some exciting prize offerings involving week long marina berth stay packages, at the Gladstone Marina, will be announced in detail to all competitors as the 2022 Race approaches.

The 28th anniversary race was held on the 16th of January 2021 under the Race directorship of QCYC Vice-Commodore, Harley Cowlishaw. Competitors and spectators can find the 2021 race results under the competitors page or directly at this link.

No other race in Australia consists of two fleets, an offshore and inshore fleet, both starting and finishing at the same place. The Surf to City Yacht Race is also one of a handful of races that see both monohull and multihull yachts compete against each other.

Held in January/February annually, the Surf to City is now in its 27th year. In 2016, the Surf to City attracted over 110 of the most influential yachts in Queensland and northern New South Wales ranging in size from the mighty Black Jack to 7m trailer sailors.

The Inshore Fleet is usually a day race. The course follows the main channel from Southport to Brisbane past all of the islands in the southern part of Moreton Bay. The Offshore Fleet is a day/night race. Starting off the Southport Seaway, the yachts head north around Cape Moreton to enter Moreton Bay and then to the finish.

Quick Link to 2021 Race Entry Page

Inshore Fleet

  • SMS monohulls
  • Performance Handicap Rating Formula (PHRF) Boats – monohull & multihull
  • OMR multihulls
  • One design classes

Skippers of vintage yachts or any class eg RL24 or Blazer can apply for a class category to be included in the Race. At least five yachts will be required to form a division.

Offshore Fleet

  • IRC monohulls
  • AMS Monohulls
  • ORCi monohulls
  • Performance Handicap Rating Formula (PHRF) Boats – monohull & multihull
  • OMR multihulls
  • Shorthanded PHRF
  • Vintage PHRF

The Surf to City Offshore Mono Hull Yacht Race (where competitors compete for the AustraliaWide Boat Sales perpetual trophy), is the perfect and most exciting way to qualify for the 73rd Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race in 2021.

Our Valued 2021 Sponsors and Race Supporters

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