The Hervey Bay Boat Club Bay to Bay Trailable Yacht Race
The Annual Hervey Bay Boat Club Bay to Bay Trailable Yacht Race hosted by the Hervey Bay Sailing Club, is an annual sailing event for monohull and multihull trailable yachts conducted on the first weekend in May each year.
The race is sailed from Tin Can Bay to Hervey Bay through the Tin Can Bay Inlet and the Great Sandy Strait and into Hervey Bay with an overnight stop at Garry’s Anchorage between Fraser Island and Stewart Island.
The race is Queensland’s largest trailable yacht race and one of the three largest trailable yacht passage races in Australia.
Trailable Yacht eligibility includes Type 1 Standard, Type 1-A Sports Like and Type 2 Sports Monohull Boats and Type 3 Standard and Type 4 Sports Multihull Boats.
All boats shall be:
- Strongly built, watertight, capable of withstanding solid water, properly rigged, fully seaworthy and meeting the standards of the Yachting Association Special Regulations and the requirements of Queensland Transport Marine Safety Queensland, Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol and Queensland Water Police
- Crewed by a minimum of two persons one of whom is aged at least 18 years and capable of accepting the responsibilities of the owner and all of whom are fit to face the conditions of the race
- Greater than 4.8m in length
- All monohull boats shall be transported on the road without special permit and on the same trailer used to launch and retrieve it without the assistance of external equipment or detachment from the towing vehicle
- All monohulls shall be ballasted boats designed and built to resist capsize
- Rigged and sailed according to the boats details declared on the entry form
- All boats must comply with the requirements of all relevant government authorities including Queensland Transport Operations Marine Safety Regulations for smooth and partially smooth waters and Queensland Transport Marine Pollution Regulations for the Great Sandy Strait (discharge of raw sewage is not permitted in the Great Sandy Strait)and Queensland Parks and Wild Life requirements.
The race is through a largely sparsely populated and remote area and there are no facilities for toileting, waste disposal, sleeping, refreshments, food, fuel, ships chandlery or boat repair at Garry’s Anchorage on the Saturday night and competitors are expected provide all of the above provisions and to carry sufficient food, water and fuel to cater for extreme weather conditions.