SCM welcomes Sydney to Hobart entrants

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Sydney City Marine hosts high-profile Sydney Hobart entrants, including last year’s overall winner, Giacomo (now Wizard) and stalwart contender, Black Jack

Craig Boddington, project manager at Sydney City Marine (SCM), said the boatyard is the logical choice for yachts competing in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for its location – “five minutes from the Sydney CBD and 20 minutes from Mascot Airport” – the wealth of technical expertise onsite and the ease of docking for yachts of all sizes.

“SCM is a full-service shipyard that can handle all facets of race yacht repair, maintenance and refits,” said Coddington, himself a veteran of two Sydney Hobarts and many thousands of nautical miles cruising and racing all around the world.

“We can handle everything from full resprays and rigging to carbon fibre, and all sail brands are represented locally. For crews, owners and all the entourage associated with a team, everything is on our doorstep. They can spread out their gear over our 25,000m² site and we can accommodate 100ft yachts undercover for work in all weather.”

As well as a Lloyds-certified 800 ton ship lift and boat ramp with 47 Tonne submersible trailer and 100 Tonne travel lift, SCM has its own marina with on-water space for boats to enjoy unrivalled proximity to this season’s summer of sailing, including the Bird Island Race and SOLAS Big Boat Challenge.

“We have 45 full-time staff and hundreds of contractors at any one time here,” said Coddington. “All of us are sailors in one form or another – plus we’re friendly, and we know that deadlines and budgets are paramount concerns for our customers.”

Alex Nolan, Black Jack boat captain, said SCM is the champion yacht’s “second home”.

“We have been coming to SCM for years. We can store all our gear in the one place and the Sydney Harbour/CBD location is so convenient for our team. The yard service is second-to-none. The SCM team is flexible to work with us to achieve what we need to, every time.”

2017 Sydney to Hobart contender, Black Jack.
2017 Sydney to Hobart contender, Black Jack.

Mitch White, boat captain for the Volvo 70 Wizard (ex-Giacomo), last year’s Sydney Hobart winner on corrected time, is a loyal customer at SCM.

“I run multiple boats – 18 in all, some racing, others cruising and a few power – and they’re all clients of Sydney City Marine,” he said. “SCM has the space, the skill set, from painters to boat builders and every other service in one yard, and they’re very accommodating.

"They’re flexible and only too happy adjust to all the changes that invariably happen when you’re dealing with boats.”

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