Preparing Your Sailing Yacht Part 2: Mastering the Waves : The Major Works

Embarking on an offshore racing adventure is an exhilarating experience for any sailing enthusiast. Yet, the journey to success on the open water begins long before the starting line. It requires meticulous preparation, attention to detail, and access to top-notch marine services. At Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard (GCCM), we understand the unique needs of offshore racers. With a team of onsite marine experts and world-class facilities, we provide everything you need to ensure your yacht is primed for blue-water competition. Read part 2 of 3 below.


1 . Boat Building, Repairs, and Shipwright Services: From structural repairs to custom modifications, our onsite marine experts are equipped to handle any project with precision and care.

  • Wise Boatbuilding, with 15 years of dedication to the craft, specialises in boatbuilding, shipwrighting, and repair services throughout Southeast Queensland. Their expertise in wooden boat restoration is unparalleled, ensuring that heritage vessels are meticulously maintained for generations to come.
  • Lighthouse Shipwrights, led by Craig Fielding and his team of qualified boat builders, offers a high-quality standard of work, from maintenance to complex restorations.
  • Regatta Marine, under the guidance of Doug Fielding, specialises in timber boat construction and restorations, with a commitment to professional service and high-quality workmanship.


2. Rigging and Sailmaking Excellence: JCMS Rigging and SAIL INC are renowned for their proficiency in yacht rigging and sailmaking. With comprehensive stock of wire, rod, and fibre rigging, as well as customised systems and solutions, our rigging experts ensure that your yacht’s rigging is optimised for performance and reliability. Whether it’s a full mast re-rig or the installation of furlers and sail handling systems, our experts have the knowledge and experience to elevate your yacht’s racing capabilities.


3. IT and Telecoms Solutions: Southern Seas Marine provides expert advice on sailing instruments for both cruising and racing sailors. Their extensive range of marine electronics, including navigation systems, communication devices, and entertainment solutions, ensures that you stay connected and informed while out at sea. With their guidance, you can navigate the waters with confidence, knowing that you have the latest technology at your fingertips.


4. Safety and Compliance Assurance: Offshore racing demands strict adherence to safety standards. GCCM’s marine professionals can inspect and certify your yacht’s safety equipment, ensuring that it meets regulatory requirements and provides the protection you need in case of emergency. From life rafts to EPIRBs, our experts ensure that your yacht is equipped to handle the challenges of offshore racing safely and responsibly.


5. Traditional Boat Preservation and Restoration: Preserving the legacy of traditional boatbuilding is a passion for many of our onsite experts. Whether it’s restoring a classic wooden vessel or maintaining its timeless beauty with varnish work, our specialists have the knowledge and skills to keep heritage boats sailing for generations to come. With their expertise, you can rest assured that your yacht will stand the test of time and continue to inspire admiration on the open water.


6. Marine Scaffolding Solutions: Marine Scaffolding leads the way in providing safe and reliable scaffolding solutions for the Australian marine and superyacht industries. With their state-of-the-art Layher All Round scaffolding system, they ensure that your yacht maintenance team can work efficiently and securely, even in the most challenging environments.


7. Expert Guidance and Support: With over 90 leading marine businesses onsite, GCCM offers a wealth of expertise and support. Whether you’re a seasoned racer or a novice sailor, our friendly crew are here to assist you every step of the way, ensuring that your racing experience is both enjoyable and successful. From project management to logistical support, we’re committed to helping you achieve your racing goals and making your time at GCCM a truly memorable experience. GCCM provides a three-tiered project management structure for superyachts and boats undergoing refits. Owners can choose between self-management, third-party management, or enlist the expertise of the GCCM project management team.


Preparing your sailing yacht for offshore races is a journey that requires careful planning, expert craftsmanship, and unwavering dedication. At GCCM, we provide the perfect environment for getting your vessel race-ready, with onsite marine experts who are dedicated to delivering unparalleled craftsmanship and service. So why wait? Trust GCCM to help you master the waves and achieve success in your next offshore race.


Read all about The Gold Coast to Mackay Yacht Race in our latest blog!

For more comprehensive information about the preparation of the Offshore races read here in Part 3 of this blog.

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