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Cowan Marathon 2021

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Date(s) - Sunday, 17 October
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Cowan Marathon was first introduced in 2003 as an alternative to the Mud Island Marathon when the then Port of Brisbane Authority prohibited organized races crossing the Brisbane River entrance channel. The event was dropped and the Mud Island Marathon revived when, due to protests from various local boat clubs, racing events crossing the Brisbane River entrance channel were again allowed (at the Coffee Pots). The Cowan Marathon was revived in 2011 to introduce an additional ‘special’ event into the MBBCSSS (then MBYC) sailing calendar. The event emulates the Mud Island Marathon by including a shorter concurrent event to cater for lower handicapped boats. The start is to the north of the Scarborough Harbour entrance and generally follows the Pearl Challenge course past the Cowan Base to M3, down Pearl Channel to the Southwest Spit mark and then to the finish at the start location. The course is roughly 30 nautical miles in mark to mark distance.