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Sailing in Paradise at Southport Yacht Club

Sailing in Paradise at Southport Yacht Club

Imagine the excitement, spectacle and festive atmosphere of the Melbourne Cup – but replace the horses with silent yet graceful sailing boats, swiftly racing across the deep blue waters off the shores of the beautiful Gold Coast and stunning amber sunsets, as the boats venture back to the marina.

This unique regatta is none other than the largest Gold Coast sailing event — the Bartercard Sail Paradise, the race that stops the Gold Coast.

In 2020, the Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta will run from Thursday, January 2, to Sunday January 5. The regatta will begin four days earlier than normal, not only to encourage participants to bring their families to the Gold Coast for four days of thrilling racing, but also to enjoy the chance to incorporate a family holiday of sightseeing and relaxing.

2020 Bartercard Sail Paradise offers FREE berthing from January 1 to January 6, during Queensland’s peak season, allowing all confirmed participants berthing at SYC Marina, easy access to laundry, washrooms, restaurants and bars. The FREE berthing is on offer to motivate sailors to join the regatta, bring their fami- lies to enjoy a Queensland Summer holiday, taking full advantage of local theme parks and the extra festivities of the race.

The event is open to the full spectrum of offshore racing yachts — from the upper echelon of racing monohulls and multihulls, through to the cruising and trailable yachts. The courses for Sail Paradise will be set just off the surfline of the Gold Coast’s famous sandy beaches with a full range of passage and wind- ward/leeward courses.

Last minute entries are still coming in and this regatta is set to be another show- case event. “A new perpetual trophy has been incorporated and we know that the Competition for this will be fierce. We are so privileged to have such beauti- ful ocean waters off Surfers Paradise where we will be conducting these races for all of our locals to see from the Beach. It’s going to be magnificent seeing these huge yachts racing, with all of their colourful sails and their many crews on the rails,” said SYC Vice Commodore Sail, Drew Jones.

The Sail Paradise Regatta has grown to become one of the most recognised off- shore racing yacht events in Queensland. With many entries for all categories confirmed — participants traveling from as far as north QLD to south as Wagga Wagga — for the race, it also sees the Club increasing the entries from 34 ves- sels in its inaugural year to more than 60 in 2020. A fantastic achievement for the Southport Yacht Club and an amazing event for the City of Gold Coast, con- tinued growth is expected in the coming years. Expectations of the fleets are also increasing, especially in the IRC division after 2019’s record-breaking 75th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

We also officially announce the inaugural IRC Gold Coast Championships. Australian Sailing have jumped onboard with the IRC GOLD COAST Cham- pionships to be held each year at Southport Yacht Clubs (SYC) annual Sail Paradise Regatta, which is now into its 11th year. Host event, Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta will crown the IRC GOLD COAST Champion. “We see this as a positive step towards the promotion of the IRC Competition,” said Australian Sailing Regional Manager Qld, Mr Ben Callard


Southport Yacht Club will host several off-water events, including live enter-

tainment both Friday and Saturday nights at the brand new 4Shore Bar, where a snack menu is available. For those wanting a larger sit-down meal, they can venture a few steps west into the newly refurbished Waterfront Restaurant. For the seafood lover, an incredible range of fresh Australia seafood amongst other tantalising dishes are available.

Regardless of your preference — whether you are dining, or whether a cold beer or crisp wine is all that is required — you will be able to take in the surreal Gold Coast sun setting over the sparkling waters of the Broadwater, from any angle of the Yacht Club.

On top of the live entertainment, SYC will have Byron Bay Brewery specials and prizes on offer over the weekend, along with a fashion parade by the very popular Helly Hanson. All of them will be showcasing on Saturday the 4th January, plus skippers and sponsors VIP events plus much more over the weekend, with the final event presentation taking place on Sunday the 5th January.

The Southport Yacht Club welcome and encourage participants, their families, members, and guests to attend some, if not all, of the festivities over the four days, watch some amazing vessels on water, and enjoy the atmosphere within the Clubhouse. Whether it’s regaling in tales of the day’s sailing, or relaxing while enjoying the music and meals, there is something for everyone!


Published in the Jan-Mar 2020 edition.