FIRST HOME: The 2013 Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race winner Wild Thing.
FIRST HOME: The 2013 Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race winner Wild Thing. Taylor Fielding

No wild weather for Wild Thing

WHILE it was no record breaking voyage, Wild Thing reached Keppel Bay Marina to take line honours in the 2013 Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race.

Light winds featured for the entire 349 nautical mile journey which started at Brisbane's Moreton Bay on Friday.

But eventually Southport Yacht Club's Wild Thing, skippered by Grant Wharington, cruised into Keppel Bay in the early hours of yesterday morning in a time of 36 hours 14 minutes and 10 seconds.

Next home just under two hours later was Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's Black Jack, followed by Lahana, four hours and 15 minutes after the winner.

The seventh annual race was expected to come down to a three-way battle between these three yachts, with the 2011 and 2012 winner and record holder (24hrs 22 mins, from 2011) Wild Oats X1 not racing, and that was how it panned out.

Twenty-nine yachts started the race, and organisers were anticipating the arrival of most of the crews late last night and this morning .

Read more about the yacht race in this week's The Morning Bulletin.



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