Iconic Australian watch brand, Adina, is known for its deep involvements with sporting events. Headlining last year at the Adina Polocrosse World Cup and with deep involvement with hockey, triathlon and cycling to individual sport such as golf. This year, the brand celebrates its 50th year and with that will turn its attention to sailing. In their home state of Queensland, the 73 rd edition of the blue water classic will be timed by Adina.
“In fact, there is a very close relationship with the event through one of our oldest retail partners ‘Patricks Jewellers’ in Gladstone whose owners have started the race a whopping 50 times and winning it on no fewer than four occasions aboard the legendary “Wistari!” exclaimed Adina General Manager Grant Menzies.
In this coming Brisbane to Gladstone, Grandson of four-time winner Noel Patrick, Andrew will again take on the elements for an eighth time with the aim to take home the silverware. “The significance of winning it especially in my family, is enormous! To go down in the history books as the winner is pretty exciting considering the company that you are there alongside!” Andrew said.
The 308 nautical mile race which has been described in understated terms as “very tough” has seen some incredible weather befall it including a cyclone. It is these conditions which make it a veritable test of seamanship and why winning it is so rewarding.
The Adina partnership will see the winning crew presented with a very special edition Adina watch. So special in fact, that the only way to own one is to be a part of the winning crew. The actual watch is being kept under wraps until the race start but Adina Watches, General Manager Grant Menzies has assured us it is “something spectacular, that the sailors will wear with pride!” and with Adina pedigree for building water resistant watches, it will be keenly anticipated.
With Queensland’s stunning Moreton Bay as the backdrop and with the unfortunate cancellation of this year’s Sydney to Hobart classic. The field in the 2021 Brisbane to Gladstone is sure to be more competitive than ever!