Date(s) - Sunday, 14 February
The Mud Island Marathon has been held annually as far back as club historians can recall. It has taken various forms with the most popular being the basis of the current version. The original event crossed the Brisbane River entrance at the outer lateral marks. In 2003 the then Port of Brisbane Authority prohibited boat racing events crossing the Brisbane River entrance channel. Subsequent to regional club protests, that prohibition was lifted on the proviso that all racing event crossings be at the ‘Coffee Pots’. The Brisbane Road isolated danger mark was subsequently added as a mark of the course to help mitigate against the course bias tending to favour multihulls.
The event is basically an all-day affair commencing at 10:00 am and generally concluding late afternoon. The start is to the north of the Scarborough Harbour entrance. The course marks are the Reef Point green beacon; the Brisbane Road isolated danger mark; the Coffee Pots and Mud Island. The direction of rounding Mud Island is the skipper’s choice based on wind and tide.
The event is not recommended for boats with a performance handicap below 0.6500. However, a concurrent shorter version allows lower handicap boats to participate by returning after rounding the west ‘Coffee Pot’. Boats in this shorter event sail as a separate division.
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