The Story of BACE
There are a few names deserving of acknowledgement as we share the story of how BACE and the Bribie Classic Boat Regatta came about.
Bribie Island in the Moreton Bay region is blessed with wonderful waterways and the picturesque Glasshouse Mountains forming a natural backdrop to an island that is still ‘cruisey’, full of charm and rich in cultural history. Thus, an emphasis on projects that have an AQUATIC element is a core consideration for BACE.
With a small core team, BACE hosted the Bribie Classic Boat Regatta in May 2021 for the first time. It was acknowledged as ‘the best regatta ever’, with the local newspaper headlining that “it had truly captured the public imagination”. BACE is busy working collaboratively with other community organisations and members of the public on developing other much desired events as it goes forward.
BACE is currently in discussions with the community and other interested stakeholders to resurrect a popular event full of community history and heritage. This event, known as THE BLESSING OF THE SURF held at Woorim Beach on Bribie Island unfortunately fell by the wayside and is sadly missed by the commmunity of Bribie and Woorim.
If you are interested in this event, we would love to hear from you, so please get in touch : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trophies at the Bribie Classic Boat Regatta
An important fun-element of our event are the trophies. We award these, sometimes in earnest and sometimes in jest and they include the First Registrant of the Year, the Best Sailing Boat and more.
Con Tripcony’s boat PNJ was used to transport oysters from Pumicestone Passage to Brisbane in the late 1800s. It did not have an engine. The trophy for the Bribe Classic Boat Regatta award category of ‘Best Sailing Boat‘ is modelled on the PNJ.
What is a Classic Boat?
Historic: A boat built up to and including 1918.
Antique: A boat built between 1919 and 1942.
Classic: A boat built between 1943 and 1975.
Late Classic: A boat built 1976 to the year 25 prior to the current year.
Contemporary: A wooden boat built within the last 25 years
We’d like to share some poetry that gives us a glimpse of the story of the beauty of Bribie Island and Toorbul. These poems are from Roy W. Bliss. Builder of ‘Blisscraft’, Roy was involved in the early days of the Bribie Classic Boat Regatta and a friend of the original founder, Alan Graham. We hope you enjoy his beautiful words. More poetry from Roy Bliss can be found here.