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Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard partner with GOLD COAST MACKAY YACHT RACE 2024

Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard partner with GOLD COAST MACKAY YACHT RACE 2024

Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) are proud to be naming rights partner of Australia’s newest ocean race – the inaugural GCCM Gold Coast Mackay Yacht Race 2024 which will set sail 1st August.

Australia’s newest race will offer a magnificent start location, setting sail from the ocean waters of Surfers Paradise with the spectacular Gold Coast city backdrop with plenty of on-water and on-shore viewing opportunities. It will be the perfect follow on race from Noakes Sydney to Gold Coast Race to send Australian sailors racing up Queensland’s coast for Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Weeks in August.

GCCM’s COO, Andrew Chapman, says supporting sailing and race boats is a vital part of the shipyard’s busy business operations.

“As a group of boaties supporting boaties, GCCM and our marine trade partners have been servicing and rigging sailing boats in the Gold Coast for more than 20 years”, says Andrew Chapman.

“We are the proud sponsors of Southport Yacht Club members, such as Xavier Doerr who attempted to circumnavigate around Australia last year. We sail weekly on GCCM Arctic Blonde, a Hick 39 Performance sailing yacht based in Southport and have enjoyed supporting Grant Wharington in the transformation of his super maxi for Sydney to Hobart at GCCM”, adds Chapman.


In an enticing opportunity for race entrants, any vessel who registers in the new race has an opportunity to receive 20% off their stay at GCCM for their yard visit, which includes any berth, lift, water blast, enviro fee & hardstand.

Southport Yacht Club Vice-Commodore of Sail, Glenn Burrell welcomed GCCM’s support and recognition of the importance of establishing this new ocean race for Queensland.

” We are delighted to increase our collaboration and work with GCCM with so many racing yachts able to enjoy the peace of mind that GCCM offers for any refit and repair work to their prize racing yachts”, he said.

“This exciting new partnership will not just give rise to a very exciting blue water ocean race for Australia but provide excellent re-fit and repair opportunities for our competing sailors.”

GCCM Arctic Blonde owner and skipper, Peter Cook commended GCCM on their decision to further extend their support of Australian sailing with this new partnership.

“GCCM is the ideal refit yard for members of the Southport Yacht Club”, Pete said.

“They are the closest shipyard, offer the best marine specialists in the southern hemisphere, with world-famous sail makers and riggers, and the keel pit is great when working on the hull,” he said.

“The boss appreciates his sailing too and is a great supporter of sailing in SE Queensland.”


Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) caters for yachts from around the globe including all aspects of marine refit, maintenance, and construction.

This world-class facility plays home to the largest concentration of marine trades in Australia with over 90 on-site businesses employing more than 800 top-quality marine contractors – no other yard south of the equator has such a diverse and professionally recognized offering.

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Australia’s newest ocean race, the inaugural GCCM Goldcoast Mackay Yacht Race is proudly presented by Southport Yacht Club. Set to become Queensland’s longest blue water yacht race, the 520 nautical mile race will set sail from the ocean waters of Surfers Paradise amid the backdrop to Queensland’s beautiful Gold Coast at 1pm on Thursday, 1st August 2024 with competing sailors finishing in the Coral Sea in Mackay.




Published in print April-June 2024