Join the Inaugural GCCM Gold Coast Mackay Yacht Race!

We at GCCM are thrilled to invite sailors from across Australia to participate in the first-ever GCCM Gold Coast Mackay Yacht Race (#GCMYR24). Set to begin at 10 am on Thursday, August 1, this 520-nautical-mile adventure promises to be a highlight on the sailing calendar, offering an exhilarating journey from the Gold Coast to Mackay.

A New Chapter in Australian Ocean Racing

Born out of the ambitions of skippers and yacht owners heading north to the Whitsunday race weeks, the #GCMYR24 is a Category 2 race that is already drawing significant attention. With over 25 entries from around Australia, this event is shaping up to be an extraordinary spectacle of sailing prowess and camaraderie.

Exceptional Benefits for Entrants

Participants in the #GCMYR24 will enjoy numerous perks designed to enhance the racing experience:

  • Official Qualifier: This race is an official qualifier for the 2024 Rolex Sydney Hobart, providing a perfect opportunity to prepare and qualify.
  • Berthing Benefits: Enjoy free extended pre-race berthing at Southport Yacht Club and multi-day post-race berthing at Mackay Marina Village.
  • Discounted Services: Take advantage of a generous 20% discount on any yard visit to GCCM, including boat lifts, blasting, fees, and hardstand rates, valid for 180 days after entry—ideal for those gearing up for the Sydney Hobart.
  • Live Commentary and Safety: Experience live race commentary by Bow Caddy Media and 24/7 race control for safety overwatch.
  • Convenience: Benefit from courtesy vehicles for crew supplies, exclusive accommodation rates, and quality merchandise and crew apparel discounts from Zhik.

Unmatched Race Start and Finish

The race will kick off from the iconic Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise, offering a breathtaking backdrop of beachgoers and towering residential buildings. This picturesque setting promises plenty of spectator and media opportunities, making it an event to remember for participants and supporters alike.

Upon reaching the finish line at Mackay Marina Village, sailors will be welcomed with open arms. The marina offers deep water pens, state-of-the-art facilities, and a vibrant Race Village atmosphere. With Mackay Airport conveniently nearby and extensive support from local sponsors, the end of the race will be just as thrilling as the start.

A Vibrant Race Village Experience

Mackay Marina Village has undergone recent enhancements to ensure a fantastic experience for all. From the arrival festivities, including free beers and burgers, to the extended licensing hours at local establishments like Sails Sports Bar, The Lighthouse Seafood, and The Deck Steakhouse, the Race Village will be buzzing with activity.

Participants will also enjoy:

  • Exclusive Discounts: Wristbands offering discounts on beers, wood-fired pizzas, and Mackay’s best steaks.
  • Live Entertainment: Music, radio station activations, and day and night markets operating throughout the event weekend.
  • Accommodation Deals: Special rates at Mantra Mackay and other local accommodations, ensuring comfort and convenience for all crew members.

An Event Not to Be Missed

The #GCMYR24 offers 520 compelling reasons to participate, from the thrill of the race itself to the myriad benefits and unforgettable experiences along the way. Key highlights include:

  • A chance to qualify for the prestigious Rolex Sydney Hobart 2024.
  • Generous discounts on vital boat maintenance services.
  • Exciting prizes, including magnificent trophies and sponsor giveaways.
  • Exclusive offers and support from top-tier sponsors and strategic partners.
  • A Founding Member one-time-only boat plaque, marking your participation in this historic inaugural race.

Secure Your Spot Today

Entries for the #GCMYR24 close on July 17, so don’t miss your chance to be part of this groundbreaking event. Whether you’re in it for the competition, the camaraderie, or the unforgettable experience, the GCCM Gold Coast Mackay Yacht Race promises to be an exceptional addition to your sailing adventures.

Join us for what is set to become an iconic flagship event on the Australian, New Zealand, and South Pacific sailing calendar. We look forward to seeing you and your crew on the start line in Surfers Paradise and celebrating with you at the finish in Mackay Marina Village!

For more details click here. Let the adventure begin!


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