A brief history
The history of the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC) and that of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race are inextricably linked. The idea for both came from Doug Drouyn, who had sailed his yacht, Sea Tang, in the 1947 Sydney to Hobart Ocean Cruising Race.
Although Doug failed to finish that race due to his boat having a broken boom, he had caught the ocean racing bug and wanted to bring a similar event to Queensland. Despite receiving little interest from the existing Brisbane yacht clubs, he refused to be deterred. He canvassed his friends and was heartened by the level of support he uncovered.