‘Gold Coast One’ was a 35’ Bruce Harris designed Shark Cat racing hull powered by three 250 hp Black Max outboards.  750 hp moved her through calm water at around 90 mph – but she wasn’t in calm water very often!  She was once clocked crossing the (old) Southport bar at 75 mph! This (I hasten to add) before either Peter Greenland or I were parents… She drew just 3″ at rest – and was actually airborne during most of a race.

She was purpose built for the (then) annual Pacific 1000 Race from Cairns in Far North Queensland to the Gold Coast in South East Queensland.  1000 Nautical Miles of maritime madness.  The boats covered the coarse in 10 daily stages – and the road crews (with their 50′ trailers) had their own race down the highway!

Whippy’s Eagle – our main rival.


More from John’s Story…

From To.. Page Name
 1967 1970  Into, and Out of, Africa
 1971 1980  A Quieter Life
1980  Offshore Racing
 1981 1990  The IVF Years
1987  It takes Three to Tango
1990  Cassy’s Story
 1991 2000  Going it Alone
 1991 2005  Tourism Marketing
1998  A House Somewhere
 2001 2010  A Change of Pace
2001  Fishing Trips
2005  More Fishing Trips
 2011 2020  If We Make It


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