GCCM flying the Australian flag in the South Pacific
Each winter, members of the Australian yachting industry head out to Tahiti to promote Australia and once again, Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard (GCCM) joined proudly flying the Australian flag. Additionally, GCCM expanded the promotions to include a Crew Golf Day in Fiji.
Kevin Altera, General Manager of Business Development and Operations, supported the Superyacht Australia contingent at the annual Tahiti Rendezvous. Managed by Superyacht Australia and supported by members and industry partners, the rendezvous has been running for a number of years and 2018 was the fifth edition GCCM has sponsored.
There were 14 yachts, the most to date, who joined the one-day event comprising of a Captain’s Lunch and Crew BBQ competition. Kevin was invited to judge the BBQ Cookoff and was very impressed with the quality, “The Crew BBQ competition is always great fun. Each yacht dresses up to best reflect Australia and then cook the best Aussie BBQ. Silentworld was the winner and the effort Captain Michael and the crew made was deserving of the honour. Plenty of laughs were had and many new friendships were forged. It is a great introduction to Australia and when Superyacht Australia request our time, effort and support to make this even, we are happy to do so.”
Silentworld arrived in Tahiti after a successful campaign at the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous and refit at GCCM. Simultaneously, Pete Grocock, Project Manager at GCCM, headed over to Fiji for the inaugural GCCM Crew Golf Day at Denarau Island Golf Course. 26 crew members attended which was supported by Fijian Seal Superyacht agent and GCCM partner, Baobab Marine.
“The charter season is booming in Fiji so the day was a welcome relief where many of the crew were able to mingle and discuss their cruising plans with me. The feedback on Australia and GCCM was positive and many are drawn to the Gold Coast as a refit, repair and crew respite destination,” explained Pete.
Many of the yachts in the South Pacific look to the east coast of Australia for refit, repair and maintenance services and GCCM’s location makes it a preferred crew destination. Based within easy access to the 57 kilometres of pristine Gold Coast surf beaches, Captains and crew can access leading marine services from Australia’s most awarded marina and shipyard whilst enjoying the beaches, restaurants, hinterland and tourism activities. Currently, M/Y Pursuit, M/Y De Lisle III, M/Y Vegas, M/Y Margaux, M/Y Quantum, M/Y My Way, M/Y Two Angels and M/Y Murcielago are at the facility doing just that and more yachts are expected in the coming months as they return from the South Pacific.