Superyachts gear up for busy year in Queensland
Commonwealth Games expected to boost superyacht visits in 2018.
Superyacht Queensland met late last year to elect its 2018 committee as the sector braces for a busy year ahead starting with the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April. The games are already proving to be a drawcard for visiting yachts with Southport Yacht Club advising it is already booked out for the games while the other marinas in the region are also taking bookings.
“Bookings are now starting to come in and those superyachts wanting to visit during this period need to firm up their marina bookings,” said MaryAnne Edwards, Superyacht Australia CEO. “We have members with excellent facilities in the immediate vicinity and they are likely to book out very quickly.
“With both Brisbane and the Gold Coast having port clearance facilities this makes it easy for visiting superyachts to clear customs. It is also important to note that there are excellent refit and repair facilities in the Queensland region and it is expected a number of visiting superyachts will take advantage of this.”
Luke McCaul from Abell Point Marina commented: “Many superyachts visiting for the games are also utilising this time to travel all around Australia and many will be heading north to the Great Barrier Reef stopping at superyacht marinas like ours at Abell Point and of course Cairns and Port Douglas.
“Events such as the Commonwealth Games are a big attraction for superyacht owners and we are also gearing up for the influx of superyachts that will start heading this way around 2019 for the Americas Cup.”
In preparation for the year ahead, Superyacht Queensland elected a new committee to drive the superyacht strategy for Queensland in 2018. Cameron Bray from Northrop & Johnson was re-elected as chair while other committee members are:
- Peter Luke - Superyacht Solutions
- Byron Rabone - Rabone Systems
- Barry Jenkins – Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
- Christian Mclennan - The Yard Brisbane
- Luke McCaul - Abell Point Marina
- Kevin Altera - Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard
- Dan Wieland – BSE Maritime Solutions
- Steve Fisher - Rivergate Marina & Shipyard
- Murray Owen – Marine Engineering Consultants
- Mark Riddell - South Port Yacht Club
- Lorenzo Cappugi – Ensign Ship Brokers
“2017 was a year of growth and maturity for the Queensland superyacht industry,” said Bray. “Our expanded committee shows great depth across the board, I look forward to working with them to drive further outcomes this year.”