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Vale Robin “Bob” Barron
It is with great sadness that QCYC advises of the passing overnight of our much loved club member, Robin “Bob” Barron, from complications he received in a bicycle accident in recent days. Bob is fondly remembered by club members for being incredibly fit, active and competitive. He has for many years raced his boat “Tybo” with great success in many ocean races, including the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. QCYC Management committee and staff members extend their deepest condolences to Bob’s family in their time of grief. Service arrangements will be announced in due course by Bob’s family.
QCYC Management Committee
29 October 2021
Tybo racing in the 70th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race
Our Patron’s Symbolic Gift to Gladstone
Earlier in September 2020, our Patron the Governor, The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, was in Gladstone, hosting Regional Government House – where Government House moves to a regional centre for a week.
While there, the Governor gifted the shell casing from the starter’s gun at last year’s (2019) Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, mounted on redwood from the Government House estate, to the Mayor Matt Burnett, and the people of Gladstone.
This was in recognition of the importance of the race to the Gladstone people, and reinforces the strong vice-regal links to the race.
Club Burgees for Sale
QCYC is proud to offer for sale our stunning range of new Burgees (featuring elements of the club logo as pictured here.) For sale to Full Members, Family Members and Life Members. Sizes range as follows:
Large 670mm long – Price $65.00 (including GST)
Medium 530mm long – Price $50.00 (including GST)
Purchases may be made personally at our Administration office.
Alternatively you may place a request (and order by credit card) with our office by telephoning the office during hours on the number displayed below at the foot of this web page. Postage charges add a further $7.00.
Message from the Governor of Queensland – 30 April 2020
As Governor of Queensland and Patron of the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club, I have been privileged to act as the Official Starter of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race every year since 2015.
Kaye and I were looking forward to boarding the South Pacific II once again on 10 April for the start of the 2020 race, and were more than a little disappointed when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the first cancellation of this iconic Queensland event in its long history.
We know our disappointment is shared by every club member and by the owners, skippers, crew members and supporters who had committed so much time and effort to preparing for the 2020 race.
The repercussions of cancelling an event of this size and complexity are immense. However, we know it has survived perilous times – including Cyclone Emily in 1972. With such a track record, I am confident that the Club has the determination and strength to confront whatever metaphorical storms and rough seas lie ahead.
One of my predecessors as Governor of Queensland was Sir Henry Abel Smith. His remarks before officially starting the 1959 race could well have applied to the situation today.
The Start of the 70th Anniversary Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race in 2018
“We all admire toughness, endurance and good team work”, he said, “and we all know that this race is not an easy one”.
Navigating the course to 2021 may indeed be testing, but I have every confidence that, next autumn, Kaye and I will be with you once again for another spectacular start to the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC
Governor of Queensland