Australia’s first superyacht rendezvous is set to be held on May 19-20, 2017 at the Gold Coast City Marina (GCCM). The new event will be held in the run-up to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS).
The idea for the Rendezvous came from Trenton Gay, CEO of the GCCM and it is anticipated that yachts worth up to A$100m could be on show. To date eight craft valued in the A$2-20m range have been entered for the event.
Gay describes the Rendezvous as ‘an exciting new initiative that would throw a spotlight on the evolving potential of the superyacht industry in Australia.’
“Australia offers,” he comments, “some of the most pristine and safest waters in the world so the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous is about generating more awareness both for private and commercial chartering of superyachts but also positioning Australia as a key superyacht destination. Superyachts offer second-to-none venue and holiday potential for day or live-aboard charters for corporate or private events, holidays and weddings and we’d like to see many more superyachts coming to Australian waters in the lead up to 2018 Commonwealth Games and beyond.”
GCCM has recently strengthened is position as one of Australia’s leading superyacht locations. The marina was earlier this year appointed agent for Seal Superyachts in Australia and an extra eight superyacht berths have recently been completed. The berths for 65m(213ft) vessels represent a multi-million investment by GCCM. It is also developing Australia’s first yacht recycling facility.
Steve Sammes, general manager of Seal Superyachts Australia, said: “The new larger berths will allow for dry machinery such as forklifts and small vehicles to get right on to the docks. This will be great for the bigger boats which need pallets and other large goods to be loaded on to them.” The new berths will also provide water and power up to 400 amps. The majority of this power will be supplied by the marina’s solar facilities.
Gay added: “Demand is increasing constantly from bigger boats and our team work very hard with our on-site trades to ensure that our services and facilities are continually improving and evolving to maintain our position as one of Australia’s premier refit and maintenance facilities.”