45th Vintage Yacht Regatta – 14th,15th and 16th August 2020 

The Regatta also fondly referred to as ‘The Gaffers’ will be held over the 14th,15th and 16th August, subject to governmental health advisories.  The forthcoming event will now commence with a welcome party for entrants on the Friday evening from 6.00pm. 

Members of the public will be welcomed to attend the club marina and grounds at 45 Allpass Parade, Shorncliffe free of charge to view the events and activities on 15th and 16th August.  Ample public car parking is available over the road from the club premises.  There will be static displays at the club throughout the 2 days, including a display and information booth from the Wooden Boat Association of Queensland, as well as an opportunity to view all types of vintage power and sail boats in close proximity. 

The best times to see the fleet in port will be prior to 9.30am – 10am each day and after 3pm following the racing and trial events.  Members of the Public may also take in the spectacle of the races and trials from the Shorncliffe headland, foreshore and pier at the times of the scheduled races, as per the Notice of race which is from 10.30am each day.

It is essential for all persons intending to attend the bar or restaurant during the regatta to pre-book or confirm their intended booking.  Entrants (including their crew members) are requested to make their booking request in advance for attending the bar and/or restaurant and specifying all required details on our booking request system at this link. 

Please view our COVID-19 Statement of Compliance.  The QCYC COVID-19 Safety Plan which covers this event is available at this link.

As part of our COVID-19 Safety Plan it is essential for skippers to complete a crew register form and forward it to Race Control no later than 1 hour prior to the Race on the number specified at the form.  See the form at the Crew Register Form button below.  It is advisable for skippers to print out the form in advance of the Regatta for manual filling.  A suitable photograph of the completed Crew Register form may be sent by text to the designated telephone number.

The Motorboat Navigation Trial event will be continued on the list of activities planned for the 2020 Gaffers. Refer to the Invitation to Enter for more details.  The 2020 Notice of Race and Invitation to enter is now posted below.  See the latest Notice to Mariners 10 June 2020 for Navigating Cabbage Tree Creek.

The Regatta is open to sailing yachts and dinghies. Motor boats are encouraged to participate in the Concours d’Elégance competition. Berthing for all vessels is free from the Friday evening throughout the weekend.

On both days, two races are held with a short break in between. Three of the races are an ‘around the cans’ format. All boats use the same start/finish line but, the faster boats start 10 minutes earlier than the smaller and slower ones. They also sail a longer course than the smaller boats to keep the fleet together and add to the atmosphere.

The final race of the weekend will be a short passage race, once again with a shorter course for the smaller boats, with the finish line positioned to allow the boats to head straight into the Club for the grand finale of the weekend, the Presentations.

Whilst all the courses do have upwind legs, the focus is one of close reaching and downwind runs rather than long beats to windward. Each yachts handicap changes after each race based on their performance keeping results close and everyone in the hunt for good placings.

On shore the restaurant and bar are open throughout the weekend for Breakfast and Dinner. Packed lunches to take out on the boats are available.

The festivities continue into Saturday evening with live music from six o’clock and dinner by the roaring fire.

Concours d’Elégance judging takes place over the course of the weekend and awards are given out in a number of categories

The weekend concludes with the Presentations on Sunday evening followed by dinner.

This is a great weekend for all classic boats, big or small. If your boat dates from or pre 1980 or is a Spirit of Tradition vessel built in the ‘Classic’ style come along for some relaxed social racing and great festivities.

Organised and Hosted by the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club