Donated race boat helping young sailors to learn

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The aspiring sailors get their first sail on the refurbished Public Nuisance.
The aspiring sailors get their first sail on the refurbished Public Nuisance.

Refurbished Public Nuisance will enable Gold Coast kids to race competitively.

Aspiring young sailors on the Gold Coast now have access to a cutting-edge keel boat on which they can learn to race, thanks to the generous donation by her owner and the talents of the marine professionals at The Boat Works who restored her to race-worthy condition.

The 33-foot racing yacht, Public Nuisance, was donated by Harvey Michael to the Paradise Point Sailing Club, a not-for-profit community club which seeks to get young people involved with sailing.

The newly-refurbished racing yacht will enable the club to train rising stars to compete against their Queensland peers in state titles and their interstate rivals in national events. It will also be used in the upcoming Southport Yacht Club Twilight Series, allowing the young sailors to compete against more seasoned sailors, and possibly some of the more challenging offshore regattas over summer.

“Being a former Grand Prix race yacht, Public Nuisance is ideal for teaching the more advanced kids the use of high-tech, lightweight rigs and advanced spinnaker training, as well as basic sail trim and keel boat sailing for the younger kids,” said club treasurer, Andrew Roake.

“We are extremely grateful to the trades at The Boat Works for chipping in with their considerable skills, products and many, many hours of labour on getting our as-new racing yacht up to top condition. The club and all the kids are busting to get her out on the water!”

Public Nuisance out of the water at The Boat Works.
Public Nuisance out of the water at The Boat Works.

The Boat Works tenants involved in the project included Affordable Antifoul, Print Image Signs, Everything Marine and Hempel Paints.

Affordable Antifoul carried out a complete wet sanding of the boat, patch priming, repairing the antifoul surface with barrier coat and a protective layer of Hempel Olympic Antifoul. Hempel ANZ and onsite Marine Trade Supplies and Chandlery donated 10 litres of Hempel Olympic Antifoul along with Hempels ProFiller.

“Hempel Olympic Antifouling has been specifically designed to suit the challenging fouling waters around south-east Queensland waters and will provide assurance for the performance of the boat,” said John Millett, general manager (Aust & NZ) of Hempel ANZ. “Hempel Australia is proudly owned by the Hempel Foundation, which supports cultural, humanitarian and scientific causes across the world.”

Print Image Signs supplied the creative concepts for the boat wrap, which was visually more impactful than a paint job, then created the UV-protective wrap and installed it.

The specialists at Everything Marine, led by sailing veteran of many Sydney-Hobarts and the America’s Cup, Iain Smith, inspected the rigging and ensured Public Nuisance was in top condition for training the next generation of sailing champions. The Boat Works also offered support, labour and expertise to the local club.

“We are thrilled to see and support the joint collaboration of our onsite partners to help out a local community project,” said Shane Subichin, general manager, The Boat Works.

Paradise Point Sailing Club was founded in 2008 by John Murphy with the aim of involving local families, getting kids active and outdoors, and inspiring a love of sailing in the next generation.

The objectives of the club are to make sailing accessible to all, involve the whole family in a fun, safe day on the water and nurture rising talent through a five-step pathway in collaboration with Australian Sailing.

Today, the club has access to a complement of 40 sailing boats and four rescue vessels, with the support of 20 or so volunteers, including youth sailors who move into the role of instructors once they undertake industry-approved training and safety qualifications.

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