Preparing Your Sailing Yacht Part 1: Navigating the Waves : What GCCM can do

Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard are happy to be the naming partners of the newest race in Australia: the Gold Coast Mackay Yacht Race!

Here at GCCM, we understand that embarking on an offshore sailing race entails much more than just setting sail; it’s a meticulous process that demands attention to every detail. We recognise the critical importance of thorough pre-race preparations. With our state-of-the-art facilities and expert marine professionals, we provide the ideal environment for getting your vessel race-ready. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the essential steps involved in preparing your sailing yacht for offshore races at GCCM starting with part 1 of 3 below.


1 .Assessing the Hull: The journey to offshore racing success begins with a thorough assessment of your yacht’s hull. At GCCM, we boast lifting capabilities of up to 300 tons and can accommodate vessels with beams of up to 10 meters. Our comprehensive haul-out facilities ensure that your yacht receives the attention it needs, whether it’s a routine inspection or necessary repairs.


2. Keel Maintenance: The keel is a critical component of your yacht’s stability and performance. Our dedicated keel pit allows for safe and easy access for vessels with deep draft keels, ensuring that your yacht is in optimal condition for the challenges of offshore racing. The keel pit reduces costs for scaffolding and makes working around easier. Our skilled technicians can inspect for any damage or wear, providing peace of mind as you navigate the open water.


3. Rigging Checks: Rigging integrity is paramount for safe and efficient sailing. At GCCM, our undercover work bays are equipped with all the necessary tools for rigging inspections and adjustments. Whether it’s tuning the mast or replacing worn-out rigging components, our experienced riggers have the expertise to keep your yacht sailing smoothly.


4. Engine and Systems Maintenance: Reliable propulsion and onboard systems are crucial pieces of equipment for long-distance racing. Our marina provides 24/7 fuel services, ensuring that your yacht is topped up and ready to go. Additionally, our onsite marine businesses offer a wide range of services, from engine maintenance to electrical system upgrades, ensuring that your yacht is in peak condition.


5. Provisioning and Logistics: In addition to yacht maintenance, preparing for offshore racing involves logistical considerations. Before or after the race, our marina offers convenient access to amenities such as laundry facilities, complimentary WiFi, and onsite dining options. We also house the best boat chandlery on the Gold Coast, managed by expert sailors. We provide dockhand support and courtesy cars, making it easy to stock up on provisions and supplies before setting sail.


6. Expert Guidance and Support: With over 90 marine businesses onsite and more than 800 individual tradesmen, GCCM offers a wealth of expertise and support. Whether you’re a seasoned racer or a novice sailor, our friendly staff are here to assist you every step of the way. From cutting new sails to optimising performance, our marine contractors are dedicated to ensuring that your racing experience is both enjoyable and successful.


7. The One-Stop Shop for your boat: At GCCM, our facilities are tailored to accommodate yachts of all sizes. With 50,000 square meters of hardstand space, fully enclosed sheds ranging from 8 to 45 meters, and undercover areas for vessels up to 100 feet, we provide ample options for sheltered maintenance and repair work. Our multiple boat lifting options, including 50 and 300-tonne travelifts, ensure we can handle vessels with beams of up to 10 meters. Additionally, our all-inclusive maintenance packages cover all your boat’s annual slipping needs. With over 90 marine businesses onsite, employing over 800 tradesmen, craftsmen, and technicians, GCCM is your comprehensive solution for yacht care.


Preparing your sailing yacht for offshore races requires meticulous planning and attention to detail. At GCCM, we offer the perfect combination of world-class facilities and expert marine services to help you get race-ready. From hull maintenance to rigging adjustments, our team is committed to ensuring that your yacht performs at its best on the open water. So why wait? Start your journey to offshore racing success with GCCM today!


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

For more comprehensive information about the preparation of the Offshore races read here in Part 2 and Part 3 of this blog.

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