The 43rd 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 a sailing event for monohull and multihull trailable yachts sailed over the Queensland Labour Day long weekend. The race length is approximately 90km. It is a two day Category 5 (limited rescue availability in daylight hours) race for eligible monohull and multihull trailable yachts through the waters of the Tin Can Bay Inlet, the Wide Bay Harbour, the Great Sandy Straits and Hervey Bay Queensland from north of Snapper Creek Tin Can Inlet to east of the Urangan Boat Harbour Hervey Bay with an overnight stop in Garrys Anchorage between K’gari (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.
- Type 1 – Trailable Yacht – standard or open, Class (C) or One of A Kind (OAK) that meet the 2.0 Definitions of the Australian Sailing (AS) Australian Class Based Handicap (CBH) Rating System for Trailable Yachts and Sports Boats;
- Type 2 – Sports Boat – standard or open, Class (C) or One of A Kind (OAK) that meet the 2.0 Definitions of the Australian Sailing (AS) Australian Class Based Handicap (CBH) Rating System for Trailable Yachts and Sports Boats;
- Type 3 Multihull Boats- that meet the criteria of the MYCQ and OMR rules;
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.
- Be covered by suitable legal liability insurance of at least AU$10,000,000
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.