Surf to City Yacht Race

About the Race

The Surf to City Yacht Race commences at the fabulous Gold Coast, off Southport in the vicinity of the Seaway, and finishes within Brisbane waters just off Shorncliffe. This truly makes the event a Race from “Surf to City.” In 2023, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this wonderful sailing event with the race scheduled for 21st January.

The race is organised and hosted by Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC) and run with the assistance of Southport Yacht Club. In 2023, the Offshore Race is one of six events making up the Southport Yacht CLub’s inaugral Summer of Sailing Series Australia 2022-2023.

Some exciting prize offerings involving week long marina berth stay packages, at the Gladstone Marina, will be announced in detail to all competitors as the 2023 Race approaches.

No other race in Australia consists of two fleets, an offshore and inshore fleet, both starting and finishing at the same place. The Surf to City Yacht Race is also one of a handful of races that see both monohull and multihull yachts compete in their respective divisions over the same course. Competitors and spectators can find prior race results at the “About” menu tab above.

The Inshore Fleet is usually a day race. The course follows the main channel from Southport to Brisbane past the islands in the southern part of Moreton Bay. The Offshore Fleet is a day/night race. Starting off the Southport Seaway, the yachts head north around Cape Moreton to enter Moreton Bay and then to the finish off Shorncliffe.

Quick Link to Race Entry Page

Inshore Fleet

  • SMS monohull
  • Performance Handicap Rating Formula (PHRF) Boats – monohull & multihull
  • OMR multihull
  • One design classes

Skippers of any class eg RL24 or Blazer can apply for a class category to be included in the Race. At least five yachts will be required to form a division.

Offshore Fleet

  • IRC monohull
  • AMS monohull
  • ORCi monohull
  • Performance Handicap Rating Formula (PHRF) Boats – monohull & multihull
  • OMR multihull
  • Shorthanded PHRF monohull
  • Vintage PHRF monohull

The Surf to City Offshore Monohull Yacht Race (where competitors compete for the AustraliaWide Boat Sales perpetual trophy), is the perfect and most exciting way to qualify for the 75th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race in 2023.

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